NEW DELHI, Oct 2 - Following glaring lapses by federal and state agencies to immediately respond to the people in distress during natural calamities, the government is setting up an integrated control room for emergency response especially to handle natural disasters and to carry out a strategic level of monitoring.
�It has been found that during natural calamities, the response time of the state and Central governments is delayed causing loss of many lives,� said a senior officer in Ministry of Home Affairs. Similar situation arose during floods in Bihar last week wherein the state and Centre�s response was very much delayed.
As per the Flood Situation Report prepared by the Home Ministry, at least 1,633 people died and 1.59 crore population in 20,613 villages across the country are affected this year so far. Also over 2.30 lakh houses and 13.76 lakh crops have been damaged so far.
Establishing an integrated control room for emergency response was in the pipeline but Ministry of Home Affairs has expedited the process this week. The ministry�s internal note states: �The Ministry of Home Affairs proposes to establish an integrated Control Room for Emergency Response in the national capital for handling natural disasters and emergency situations with situational awareness and strategic level of monitoring.�
It is also planned to augment existing National Database for Emergency Management (NDEM), a GIS-based repository of data, at Shadnagar in Hyderabad and integrate it with control room. NDEM supports the total cycle of disaster, emergency management for the country, in near real time with a complete database. � IANS