"This experience forces us to rethink the issue of sustainable development. New disciplines are emerging at the interface of traditional boundaries. One such area where we need to concentrate is to enhance our hydrological observation and forecasting capability to predict flash floods in the hilly regions," Shinde said while addressing the ninth Formation Day of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) here.
"We need to improve our capabilities for meteorological observation and forecasting. It is commonly observed that communication takes the first 'hit' in such an event. It is therefore, necessary that the authorities have effective communication tools and a fail-safe connection," he said.
"I would like to compliment the NDMA on its achievements so far in its endeavor to build a safe and disaster resilient India by developing a holistic, proactive, multi-disaster oriented and technology driven strategy through a culture of prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response. However, NDMA will need to devote itself to these national challenges in the years to come. It will have to take up the leadership in guiding the Central and State Government agencies for interweaving disaster management aspects in all developmental activities," he said.
--IBNS (Posted on 04-10-2013)