With changes in climatic conditions, the impacts of disaster have increased both in intensity and frequency along the coast, according to Kerala Chief Secretary Tom Jose. He said this while inaugurating a seminar on Maritime Disaster Management in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
Inaugurating the seminar, he said that the Indian coast has already witnessed more than 14 depressions and six cyclones. The Indian Coast Guard organised the seminar. Tom Jose also said that the armed forces provided an appreciable service in disaster management. The forces are fully prepared and help the civil administration a lot in disaster management, he added.
The seminar on Maritime Disaster Management discussed the various possibilities of creating a platform for the various agencies engaged in disaster management, especially with respect to maritime disasters.
The seminar also focussed on the procedures and policies by all maritime stakeholders. It also looked into the readiness of the various agencies and also their integration. In the seminar, discussions were also held on effectiveness on training of Disaster Management response. The seminar also focused on integrating and evaluating capacity building at times of disasters. Revenue and Disaster Management principal secretary Dr Venu, Coast Guard Region (West) Commander IG Vijay D Chafekar, ICG (Kerala and Mahe) Commander DIG Sanatan Jena, Senior Commandant, NDRF Rekha Nambiar, Pangode Military Station Commander Brigadier CG Arun, KSDMA member secretary Sekhar Kuriyakose and others were present at the seminar.