Give priority to disaster management: SC

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Sep 2018 08:57:30




The apex court had last year asked NDMA to make its website multilingual

Only nine States have so far uploaded reports and plans in vernacular languages on the website of disaster management authority


THE Supreme Court (SC) on Friday took note of the devastating floods in Kerala and observed that disaster management must be given “priority” by all States and Union Territories.

It said it was “disheartening” to know that only nine States have so far uploaded reports and plans on disaster management in vernacular languages on the website of disaster management authority. “Surely, for the purpose of disaster management, there should be urgency shown in it,” said a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta. “There must be some urgency particularly when we are dealing with the issue of disaster management,” it added.

The apex court had last year said it would be advisable for the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to regularly publish its annual report, to review and update all plans on the basis of experiences and to make its website multilingual so that all concerned may benefit.Additional Solicitor General (ASG) A N S Nadkarni, said nine States have reports in vernacular while 24 others were still under process. “Within three months, all should be over,” the ASG said. To this, the bench asked, “Why these States cannot do it soon?”. “In Kerala we are seeing massive floods. Why States need months to translate it in vernacular languages?,” the bench asked the ASG.


Experts to assess biodiversity loss in Kerala



EVEN as the Kerala Government has appointed a team of experts to study the damage caused to the biodiversity due to torrential rains and floods, the Centre on Friday reiterated its commitment to extend all possible help to the battered State.

A 100-member expert team under the Kerala State Biodiversity Board has been appointed to study the damage caused to Kerala’s biodiversity and submit its report in a month’s time, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote in a Facebook post on Friday.

Union Health Minister JP Nadda again assured the State of Central help. “It’s a moment of sorrow, and the Government of India has stood by the State. Whatever we can do, and what more needs to be done, will be done,” said Nadda. The hospital had suffered considerable damage in the floods, the worst to hit the State in nearly a century.

Nadda’s visit comes amid an alert in State against leptospirosis (rat fever), with authorities urging 20 lakh persons to take preventive steps after more than 100 persons tested positive.  Over a dozen persons have died in Kozhikode, which is the worst affected.Industries Minister EP Jayarajan, said that 2,267 families are still in 146 camps in the State.