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India: City well-equipped to tackle natural disaster?


In India, Bangalore questions its disaster mitigation system's capacity to handle an earthquake after the panic and chaos which followed Wednesday’s mild tremors, as reported by IBNLive. "The local corporation here has acquired many lakes and converted them into real estate. This should not have happened in the context of earthquakes. This means that many buildings in the city are built on soft soil and reclining land, which is dangerous,” said Prof R N Iyengar, Director of Centre for Disaster Mitigation at Jain University. He went on, “Japanese earthquakes have taught us the risk of fire that a city can face after an earthquake. My suggestion is that people have to be trained towards a situation like that.”

Keywords

  • Themes:Capacity Development, Disaster Risk Management, Structural Safety, Urban Risk & Planning
  • Hazards:Earthquake
  • Countries/Regions:India

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/26192

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