By Sugata Hazra
The author is Director, School of Oceanographic Studies, Jadavpur University. firstname.lastname@example.org
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are multi hazard prone region. The policy interventions and measures taken in the area should recognise the vulnerable nature of the Islands to ensure a safer life for its people and its bio-diversity.
On April 11, 2012 the Andaman Islands were rocked again by an earthquake of 8.9 Richter magnitude. The siren for tsunami warning went off in Port Blair along with a TV broadcast. Around 1500 people were evacuated from low lying areas of Kamrota, Nancowry, Katchal, Car Nicobar and Great Nicobar islands. Forest staff at Indira Point were also evacuated and tsunami alerts were sent through radio and mobile phones to fishermen out in the seas. Yes, the situation is different...