By C P Rajendran
The author is a professor in the Geodynamics Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore. email@example.com
The recent Nepal earthquakes should be viewed as an opportunity to rethink earlier attitudes, and have us embark on a disaster management strategy based on mitigation, rather than mere response.
The April 25 Nepal disaster is yet another reminder for us to develop a sound policy for disaster preparedness strategy for the central Himalayan region. Being vulnerable to both floods and earthquakes, this region requires special attention. Special efforts need to be mounted to develop hazard scenarios and models using land zonation maps. Today’s computing packages can balance demands with sustainability and provide optimum scenarios within acceptable levels of risk. A realistic mitigation strategy should be based on a blueprint...