‘Need to educate people on disaster management'

Special Correspondent

TIRUPATI: Marri Shasidhar Reddy, Member, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has warned about the catastrophic effects of the governments not having an effective disaster management mechanism.

He explained how the system if established and activated in time will mitigate to a large extent the human sufferings and loss to public and private properties.

Mr. Reddy was delivering the Dr. Neelam Sanjiva Reddy Memorial Lecture at Sri Venkateswara University on Friday on, ‘Disaster Management in India' at a programme organised under the aegis of SVU Alumni Association.

To drive home the point as to what would be the negative fall out of the absence of a fully functional disaster management apparatus in the government, he cited as to how Anantapur district, which according to government gazettes had exported huge quantities of teak logs 150 years ago, had now nearly turned into a desert -- all because of the absence of a proper disaster forecasting and management mechanism at that time.

He underscored the need to create awareness among public, especially in the vulnerable areas, about the disaster management techniques so that the human and property loss could be contained.

SVU Vice-Chancellor N. Prabhakar Rao was the chief guest. Alumni association president C. Subbarami Reddy presided.

Association secretary P. Munirathnam Reddy welcomed the gathering.