Ramesh G Jethwani is a prolific "Letters to Editor writer/columnist, who over the decades has written over a thousand "Letters to editor" and few columns, which have been widely published in leading newspapers in India and in GCC(Gulf countries),These letters to editor/ Columns are a testimony to the power of his ideas,his letters and columns short and precious --have served a very useful purpose in drawing the attention of authorities about important issues concerning society and the governmnet. His father always emphasized the importance of public service Read more

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Task forces needed for Disaster management

Deccan Herald-L.E.

Sir, Orissa super cyclone has caused unprecedented devastation and havoc. The toll is likely to cross 10,000 and it will take a long time for the State to limp back to normalcy. In fact, the cyclone has hit the State’s the cyclone has hit the State’s economy; .... Read More

Task forces needed for Disaster management
Deccan Herald-L.E.

Sir, Orissa super cyclone has caused unprecedented devastation and havoc. The toll is likely to cross 10,000 and it will take a long time for the State to limp back to normalcy. In fact, the cyclone has hit the State’s the cyclone has hit the State’s economy; several villages have been washed away; agricultural fields are still under 5 feet water in several villages; roads and communication networks are in a shambles; and people have lost their homes. There is a grim battle for survival. People have drink. Worse still is the news that the affected areas area in the grip of gastro-enteritis and cholera.

Ironically, the State was caught unawares and the administration has failed to respond to the situation. The Government could not provide relief to the affected villages in the first 72 hours of the super cyclone. Surprisingly, despite developing space technology as in the West, we failed to warn the people of South Orissa beforehand of the super cyclone.

The following measures need to be considered right earnest. These would go a long way in reducing the loss of life and property in crises like cyclone, floods, accidents and the like.

First, there is need for a comprehensive national Disaster managementprogramme with task force in each State. These task forces could be under DGP(Fire Services) with units in all district headquarters. Co- ordination with the respective Sub Area Commanders is a must.

Secondly, the task forces should be in constant touch with the Meteorological Department to warn the people well in advance , expedite evacuation of those living in low-lying areas and provide relief to the victims. Collect orates and hospitals should conduct eventualities.

Thirdly, all cyclone-prone areas should have shelters to accommodate the evacuees with sufficient stock of food and water.

Though we cannot check natural calamities, we can certainly reduce the loss of life and property through prompt rescue and relief operations with the help of these task forces in each state.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Lack of preparedness

Deccan Herald 20 November 2015-L.E

Sir, This refers to the editorial, "Rain exposes TN govt, civic bodies" (DH, Nov 19). The havoc caused by unprecedented, incessant rains in Chennai and nearby places is indeed sad. It has caused massive devastation leading to chaos, huge loss of lives and property ... Read More

Lack of preparedness
Deccan Herald 20 November 2015-L.E

Sir, This refers to the editorial, "Rain exposes TN govt, civic bodies" (DH, Nov 19). The havoc caused by unprecedented, incessant rains in Chennai and nearby places is indeed sad. It has caused massive devastation leading to chaos, huge loss of lives and property This has yet again exposed the lack of preparedness on the part of our state governments to meet such eventualities.

There is hardly any dedicated agency to handle such natural calamities. in fact, our government wakes up only after tragedies has occured.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Tsunami

DNA,Friday,April,03,2010

A tsunami also followed the massive earthquake of 2004 in which thousands of people lost their lives . Following this catastrophe that hit us very hard. India set up to a Rs 25crore hitech tsunami system to issue warnings and placed sensors at different location along .... Read More

Tsunami
DNA,Friday,April,03,2010

A tsunami also followed the massive earthquake of 2004 in which thousands of people lost their lives . Following this catastrophe that hit us very hard. India set up to a Rs 25crore hitech tsunami system to issue warnings and placed sensors at different location along India's coast with headquarters at India's National Center for Ocean Information (Incois). This tsunami warning system has worked reasonably well and has assessed about 30 major earthquakes and we must continue to incorporate new technology into this sys-tem. In the wake of the Japanese disaster, India must prep up its system to prevent large-scale devastation .

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.
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