State Governments To Be Prepared For Natural disasters: Centre


New Delhi: The Centre on Friday asked governments of all states to be better prepared for natural disasters.

Director General, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Sanjay Kumar said last year more than 35 NDRF teams were airlifted for rescue operations in the flood-hit areas and they rescued more than 3,000 people and evacuated over one lakh people.

He said 12 battalions of the NDRF are stationed all over the country for quick deployment in times of emergency. The government is going all out to reduce the impact of natural calamity which claims 2,200 lives and causes economic losses of Rs 60,000 crore per annum.

“We have to build our capacities through better weather forecast, conducting mock drills and improved resource management,” Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba said.