Comment by Praful Rao
On 07Sep2013, Dr Prannoy Roy of NDTV hosted a talk show with many luminaries and experts in Disaster Management, captioned 'Is India ready for the next big disaster?'; almost exactly a year on, we have the answer to that question in Srinagar and Kashmir.
Incidentally, in response to a discussion during the show, that TV channels could easily issue targeted early warning (EW) broadcasts in local dialect to communities likely to be affected by extreme weather events, I made a number of requests to NDTV, NDMA and TISS (all participants in the show) for trials of such EW broadcasts to be conducted in Darjeeling district before the onset of the 2014 monsoons - since we are after all, in one of the most landslide prone regions in the country.
No one responded.