Disaster management has been made broad based and now schemes are designed taking into account prevention, mitigation and relief, said J.Radhakrishnan, Assistant Country Director, Disaster Management, United Nations Development Programme, India, here on Sunday.

He told presspersons that both Central and state Governments in association with UNDP were implementing these schemes on a pilot basis in India. This change encompassing all aspects of disaster-prevention, forecast, mitigation and relief came into being after the tsunami struck India in 2004. Central Government passed an act Disaster Management Act 2005."Now Disaster management is not providing relief only after the occurrence of disasters. But aspects like preventing them by planting trees along coastline are attempted" Mr.Radhakrishnan explained.

In Tamil Nadu, Nagapattinam, Udhagamandalam and Thiruvallur districts have been taken for implementing the schemes on a pilot basis. With respect to urban areas, Tiruchi and Madurai cities have been selected for the pilot project.