Context: Amphan has wreaked destruction across West Bengal and Odisha, showing India needs a focused approach to cyclical natural disasters. Background: Amphan is the first super-cyclone in the Bay of Bengal after 1999 (ie, wind speeds beyond 220 kph). It currently seems a bigger threat than Covid 19 at least in temporal proportionality as the cyclone has affected almost 70% of West Bengal’s population. Impact: Financial: In less ... .
Updated on 28 May, 2020
Context: The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary met for the second time to review the preparedness of States and Central Ministries/Agencies to deal with the Super Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’. More on News: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has informed that the Super Cyclone is expected to reach the West Bengal coast in the afternoon/evening of 20th May with wind speeds ranging up to 15... .
Updated on 20 May, 2020
Context: A gas leak, reminiscent of the 1984 Bhopal tragedy, has recently claimed at least 11 lives and affected thousands of residents in five villages in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. More about the news: The source of the leak was a styrene plant owned by South Korean electronics giant LG, located about 15 km from the coastal city. This may well be the first incident of mass exposure to styrene worldwide. According to the off... .
Updated on 12 May, 2020
Context: According to a recent report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), titled ‘The Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID 2020)’, nearly five million people were displaced in India in 2019. Key highlights: Worldwide scenario: Globally, around 33.4 million people faced new internal displacements because of conflicts and disasters in about 145 countries in 2019. Scenario in India: The displac... .
Updated on 1 May, 2020
Context: With reporting India’s first case on January 30, Kerala has consistently stayed ahead of the coronavirus curve, with its 70% recovery rate being the highest in the country. Kerala has so far tested 20,821 samples, also the highest for any state. What sets its containment strategy apart? Legacy of public health: Much before Kerala became a separate state in 1956, the region had seen several pathbreaking public health interve... .
Updated on 23 April, 2020
Context:The Union Cabinet recently approved significant investments to the tune of Rs. 15,000 crore for 'India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package'. About ‘India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package’ The funds under the package sanctioned are to be utilized in 3 Phases. For immediate COVID-19 Emergency Response an amount of Rs. 7,774 Crore has been provisioned and rest for ... .
Updated on 23 April, 2020