Handbook on handling of natural disaster released

Releasing the 2011 edition of the handbook, S R Prabhakar, Chief Secretary, Department of Revenue and Disaster Management highlighted the activities of disaster management wing in the State and stressed importance of collaborative effort between NGOs and government for successful handling of natural calamities.

The Handbook saw simultaneous release in 14 countries around the globe and in 14 states in the country.

The handbook incorporates a new chapter - Protection Principles - which considers the protection and safety of population affected by disaster or armed conflict as an integral part of humanitarian response.

Emerging issues dealt

It also addresses emerging issues like climate change, disaster-risk reduction, early recovery of services and livelihood, cash transfers and civil-military relations.

Understanding and supporting local responses to disasters such as the one in Japan and Haiti is a priority reflected in the latest Sphere Handbook.

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