Many similar projects had been initiated after 2005 when the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was established. The track record of Uttarakhand, which is among the states vulnerable to natural disasters, was particularly abysmal. The disaster management programme aimed at providing quick support and services by using hitech systems. A holistic and integrated approach will be evolved towards disaster management with emphasis on building strategic partnerships at various levels.
The nodal agency for disaster management failed to ensure that the mission aimed at disaster forecasting is expedited.


The body also failed miserably in implementing its own projects such as the National Disaster Management Informatics System and National Disaster Communication Network. This included creating of a digital database to identify hazard zones, damage assessment, monitoring natural disasters using satellite and aerial data, establishing satellite-based reliable communication network and deployment of emergency communication equipment.
Content provided by National Disaster Management Authority(NDMA), Government of India Best viewed with JavaScript enabled browsers. Former chief executive officer (CEO) of '108' Emergency Response Services in Uttarakhand, Anup Nautiyal said disasters are not new to Uttarakhand and a system for disaster forecasting has always been the need of the hour. The main project of the programme included National Database for Emergency Management, airborne laser terrain mapping and digital camera system, disaster management synthetic aperture radar, satellite-based communication network for disaster management and Doppler weather radars.


The Department of Space, which is with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, had approved a disaster management programme in 2003 and despite Rs 112 crore pumped in for various components of disaster forecasting, the project has been put in cold storage. Shashidhar Reddy has blamed the Met office for not giving accurate forecasts instead of using generic terms such as heavy rainfall in Uttarakhand.But the NDMA chief has done little - despite being associated with the body since 2005 - to ensure that warning systems for disaster forecast are put in place.



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