Managing Disaster, Reducing Loss
- Naturally entire Sikkim Himalaya falls under the high risk zone (Zone -IV) of earthquake in India .In majority of the areas from the tropical to temperate Zones , terrain ranges from 5% to 80% slopes , receive high rainfall during the monsoon .With the construction of rampant mega –hydropower plans along the Teesta and Rangit rivers and their tributaries has created massive water reservoir bodies and innumerable tunnels inside the surface .Every nook and corner of underground Sikkim has become a hollow within a period of 235yeras .In fact , the low-line areas of downstream have become vulnerable to life risk .At any time , anything can happen to the lives of low-line areas due to the=e sinful act of a few persons. Since Sikkim has become more vulnerable to earthquake, landslide, floods etc. A strong and effective disaster management plan shall be developed involving eminent and experienced experts and other actors to provide a framework and direction to the Government agencies to mitigate the loss of lives and wealth of the citizens.
- State Disaster Management Team shall be developed and strengthened to provide the following mitigation measures makes sikkim disaster resilient, achieve sustainable disaster risk reduction and significantly decrease the loss of lives, livelihoods, and assets by maximising the ability to cope with disaster at all level of administration as well as among communities.
- Sikkim Disaster Management Force (SDMF) shall be formed and the well trained force shall be employed in each district.
- Measures shall be taken for prevention of disasters or the mitigation of their effects.
- Understanding of disaster risk, hazards and vulnerabilities shall be improved though scientific approaches.
- Scientific and Technical capabilities shall be strengthened in all aspect of Disaster Management.
- Main stream of Disaster management concerns in to the developmental planning and processes shall be facilitates.
- Local participation and the traditional way of disaster management shall be encouraged.
- Culture of disaster risk prevention and mitigation shall be promoted at all levels.