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Bihar signs MoU with Bangkok firm for disaster risk reduction

Bihar signs MoU with Bangkok firm for disaster risk reduction
13 July 2016 Current Affairs: As part of programmes to implement the Roadmap for Disaster Risk Reduction in Bihar (2015-30), the state government has signed an MoU with Bangkok-based Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC). Bihar often faces disasters like flood, drought and earthquake. 

As per provisions of the MoU, the ADPC will provide technical assistance to the state government to implement the Roadmap for Disaster Risk Reduction in Bihar (2015-30), which was approved by the Cabinet in March. 

One of the targets of the roadmap is cutting down the loss of human lives in natural disasters by 75 per cent within 2030 in comparison to the current data. 

The MoU was signed by the ADPC Executive Director Jingjai Hanchanlash and state Disaster Management Department Principal Secretary Vyasji. 

But, despite such irregular rainfall, Bihar has been afflicted by floods due to discharge of water from rivers in Nepal, he said and recalled the Koshi tragedy of 2008 which caused large scale loss of lives and damage to properties. 

Bihar witnessed severe heat wave this summer with the maximum temperature rising to 44-45 degree Celsius in April due to which fire incidents increased and human lives and properties were lost.

The heat wave-led fire incidents became so frequent that the state government had to issue advisory to the people to cook meals at home and complete religious rituals like 'havan' by 9 AM before onset of heatwave later in the day.

The Chief Minister also expressed concern at increased incidents of lightning strike, which claimed lives of 56 persons in different parts of the state on a single day in June. 


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