Web tool to tackle local disaster

Guwahati, Nov. 23 : IIT Guwahati has developed an emergency management information system for Assam, a web-based tool to aid the disaster management authorities at the block level by equipping them with all kinds of information for rescue and relief.

This was revealed today by the head of the Centre for Environment, IIT Guwahati, Chandan Mahanta, at a programme on Media Orientation Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction. It was organised jointly by Bamboo Development Agency of Assam and InWEnt-Capacity Building International Germany.

The German firm is an international development organisation headquartered in Bonn with worldwide operations dedicated to sustainable development through human-resource and organisational development, advanced training, dialogue, networking and advisory services.

It is carrying out a capacity-building programme on Environmental Planning and Disaster Risk Management in India, which focuses on various aspects of disaster management.

Mahanta said all relevant information at the block level, right from the telephone numbers of the officials, school infrastructure, the nearest helipad available, blood bank facilities and safe drinking water sources were included in the emergency management information system. He said the system had now been handed over to National Informatics Centre for uploading and security checks were now on before the system is opened to the public.

Jayanta Pathak of Assam Engineering College, Guwahati, spoke on the microzonation plan of Guwahati and the need to quickly implement it . The report has marked the city’s western part as a high-risk zone. The areas that fall under this zone are Beharbari, Azara, Lachitpur, Teteliya, Mirzapur and Dekapara.

Sources said the Indian Space Research Organisation was also equipping the State Disaster Management Authority, Assam, with the technology for getting real-time update on the deluge and making an appropriate management plan.

The team from Isro’s National Remote Sensing Centre had recently undertaken a demonstration on National Database on Emergency Management and Flood Management Information System to the state government.