Govt issues new guidelines for disaster warning

PMO and Cabinet Secretariat will have to be informed every three hours on developing situation of any disaster categorised as ‘Red’ and every 12 hours in case of disaster categorised as ‘Orange.

These were part of the latest guidelines issued by the Home Ministry, on disaster warning and response of the authorities, and circulated to all states.

According to the guidelines, Indian Meteorological Department has been designated as nodal agency for early warning for cyclone, Indian Tsunami Early Warning Centre and Indian National Centre for Oceanic Information Services for Tsunami and Central Water Commission for floods.

The Geological Survey of India has been marked as nodal agency for issuing early warning for landslides, Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment for avalanches and Indian Meteorological Department for heat and cold waves.

“Alerts falling in Red stage will be communicated to Prime Minister’s Office/ Cabinet Secretariat with 3 hourly updates or at more frequent intervals as warranted by the situation,” the guidelines said. (AGENCIES)

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