State set to overhaul disaster mgmt plan
MUMBAI: Two-thirds of Maharashtra’s villages are reeling under severe drought, but this is just one of the many natural disasters the state is prone to, a new document reveals.
The newly unveiled Maharashtra disaster management policy has listed several catastrophic situations — 28 of the state’s 36 districts, including Mumbai, are vulnerable to floods; Mumbai and Thane, areas along the Western Ghats, Nanded and Osmanabad are vulnerable to earthquakes; the Konkan region, which includes Mumbai, is vulnerable to cyclones; some 70% of the state lies in a semi-arid region, making it prone to water scarcity — an issue the state is currently facing.
Some parts of Maharashtra like Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg, and areas in Mumbai like Vikhroli, Kanjurmarg and Mulund are prone to landslides too.
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