An integrated map delineating natural disaster risks along the Indian coastlines is in advanced stages of preparation.
The first phase of the project to map six of the most vulnerable locations is expected to be completed in 2018. The Multi-Hazard Vulnerability Mapping & Services (MHVM) will help agencies to be better prepared in tackling natural disasters such as storms, cyclones and tsunamis in coastal states.
The new initiative will add Geographical Information Systems (GIS), 3D maps and an integrated software for visualisation and analysis, which can give minute details of the topography and wave heights up to 30 metres. Once ready, the project will be able to provide maps and services that mark out the areas of vulnerability, including buildings and assets along the coasts, and aid in disaster management measures, Shenoi told BusinessLine. In addition to tsunamis, early warning on storm surges, which are more frequent, will help the agencies concerned to convey useful information to ports and industries along the coasts.