State set to over­haul disas­ter mgmt plan

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ku­nal Puro­hit ku­nal.puro­hit@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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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