Gangtok, April 20 (PTI) A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Wednesday between the State of Sikkim Disaster Management Authority and the Geological Survey of India (GSI) to develop a regional early warning system in case of excessive rainfall leading to landslides.
The MoU was signed by the Secretary of the Department of Land Revenue and Disaster Management and Relief Commissioner Sarala Rai and the Director General of GSI, Dr S Raju.
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Explaining the basic purpose of the initiative, Raju said the GSI offered to share relevant and timely landslide data with the state disaster management authority, which would go a long way in saving lives. and property as such natural disasters occur during the rainy season.
He said landslide sensitivity maps had been prepared for 17 states including Sikkim.
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About three lakh square kilometers of land has been mapped in the country to create a landslide database in the country, the official said.
The GSI official said that a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) to obtain timely meteorological data which would be crucial in creating a robust system used in Nilgiris, Darjeeling and Kalimpong Hills, providing 60 to 70% correct predictions. . SSDMA Director Prabhakar Rai gave an overview of the agency’s role in dealing with landslides in Sikkim.
He said the SSDMA has a long history of collaborating with the GSI for landslide mapping data.
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