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Early warning systems key to flood disaster management ; 
National guidelines soon on management of urban flooding.

Mumbai: January 24,2008

     The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will soon issue National Guidelines for management of urban flooding in India. Shri M Shashidhar Reddy, Member, National Disaster Management Authority told the this to newspersons, at the end of the one day state level workshop on “Urban Flooding : Management Issues and Challenges in Cities and Towns of Maharashtra” in Mumbai today. Shri Reddy said, that urban flooding is significantly different from rural flooding, with a risk level three times higher and recognizing this fact, that the NDMA is formulating guidelines on managing flood damages in cities and towns. “Though the Municipal Corporations and Urban Development Authorities are doing their bit to manage floods, many have not been able to cope up with storm water drainage, drinking water supply and traffic management. The NDMA Guidelines, once out, would come in handy for urban authorities to implement best practices.” he said. Shri Reddy informed that the NDMA Guidelines will focus on Science & Technology tools for effective early warning and monitoring, with sate-of-the-art equipment.
 

    Prof.Kapil Gupta of IIT, Mumbai and the Convener of the NDMA Steering Committee on Urban Flooding stressed that early warning systems are the key to disaster management and informed that 26 rain gauge systems have been put in place in Mumbai. A Doppler Radar, which will predict rain-fall over the next six hours period is also being installed at Colaba.
 

    The day long workshop saw presentations by Government of Maharashtra, Urban Development Authorities, Municipal Corporations and NGO’s.
 

 
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