Disaster Management : Future Challenges and Opportunities

Disaster Management : Future Challenges and Opportunities
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Disaster Management : Future Challenges and Opportunities

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Preface Floods, droughts, cyclones, earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, attack by terrorists, fire and land degradation and the effects of their pollution are affecting the world on a scale which mankind has never witnessed before. Because of the unique geo-climatic conditions and topographical landscape of India, it is a country which is prone to more natural disasters than any other country in the world. The knowledge which we have gained from the experience of these disasters in most recent times has enabled us to realise that in all future challenges and disasters, it is the very subject of Disaster Management which must now be in the forefront of our minds. India needs to be divided, educationally speaking, into zones where the different types of disasters are most likely to occur. The north is prone to earthquakes the southern and eastern coasts to Tsunamis. Cyclones batter the east coast. Floods occur mainly in Bihar and the West Bengal, droughts occur in Rajasthan, Haryana and the Punjab. Landslides occur in mountainous areas and fire can occur anywhere. A new awareness of Disaster Management must now enter the psyche of the Indian people as self-help and preparedness will help people face future disasters in a safer way. With more education at school and university level, together with the communities everywhere at a local, national and international level, important knowledge of Disaster Management could bring India to the forefront of this subject in the world thereby helping other countries as well. The local communities in a specified danger area throughout India can play an important role in managing any disaster at any time. This book provides a broad range of critical and practical ideas and intensive information with the latest data regarding Disaster Management at local, regional, national and international levels. The importance of the Warning Systems, Remote Sensing, GPS Global Positioning System and the GIS Geographical Information System cannot be overemphasized as with highly trained people understanding and using this equipment, thousands of lives will be saved in the future. JAGBIR SINGH
Acknowledgements The disasters which have stretched our planet in the last ten years have been on such a monumental scale that the suffering from the aftermath has forced our minds to be mentally, physically, and emotionally prepared should another disaster occur. This book gives a message to the world community that the time to act has come now. The two words Disaster Management are now in the forefront of our minds and have outstripped Environment and Ecology , which have focused on the earth as it is. We are now dealing with new forces which are creating havoc on our planet due to different types of disasters in different forms. I am sure that this book will provide methods, approaches, and the latest application of Information Technology to reduce the challenges of disasters with the latest data. Firstly, I would like to acknowledge my late parents who gave me the opportunity to study. I would also like to thank Prof. Deepak Pental, Vice Chancellor, Delhi University, who always encouraged me to aim high. I am also grateful to Prof. Lal Wadhwa, James Cook University, Australia my co-supervisor for his valuable discussions regarding different environmental issues which affect both India and Australia. My sincere thanks also goes to Prof. M.S.S. Rawat, Dr. A.L. Ramanatahan, Dr. P.V. Khatri, Mr. Dhramvir