There is a need for awareness among people on how to protect themselves and their property during calamites, said the Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (MEPMA) Director Kotla Shiv Shankar Rao.

Speaking at a programme on the occasion of International Day for Disaster Reduction, he said people, who were living near water bodies, were at risk of such losses. The government enacted a law in 2005 for protection of the common man in such situations, but there was a lack of awareness about it, said the MEPMA Director.

Basic facilities provided to people living near to the shore must be improved and they should be constantly updated about information regarding natural disasters, Mr. Shiva Shankar Rao said.

At the same time awareness must be created among people on how to protect themselves and their property during a calamity, he added.

People should also take precautions to protect them and their families, said Mr. Shiv Shankar. They should equip themselves with a disaster kit that contains essentials such as medicines, drinking water, torch light, food etc., he said.