The Telegraph
Friday , July 18 , 2014
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Review on disaster plans

New Delhi, July 17: The government’s disaster management cell will “review” the plans of 13 departments as part of efforts to dovetail policies to tackle natural and manmade calamities.

The three-day review from July 21 will be conducted amid a potentially dangerous situation emerging in Uttarakhand, where hundreds were killed last year in flash floods in Kedarnath. Following warnings of heavy rain, pilgrimages to Kedarnath and Badrinath were yesterday suspended for three days.

The Prime Minister-headed NDMA, the recommendatory authority for disaster management policies, has not yet acted on the impending danger in Uttarakhand. Sources said there has been no movement of teams from the disaster response force to Uttarakhand or even coordination between the government and the authority, now headless without a vice-chairman and seven of the eight members who have resigned following the change of guard at the Centre.

The review will cover departments like water resources, health and family welfare, housing and poverty alleviation and urban development.