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India plans to introduce aircraft that can fly into tropical storms, weather radars and a network of rainfall gauges to gather data that will improve its response to disasters made worse by climate change, the head of its disaster agency has said.
India is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, with a bulging population of 1.2 billion people, many living in areas vulnerable to natural hazards such as floods, cyclones, droughts and earthquakes.
Shashidhar Reddy, vice-chairman of India’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and its highest-ranking official under the prime minister, told AlertNet the South Asian nation must do more to boost the resilience of its people to disasters and minimise loss of life.
“In Asia, we have the highest vulnerability to disasters compared to other regions of the world. In India – being a large country with wide variability in agro-climatic regions and geophysical conditions – the vulnerabilities are very challenging,” Reddy said on the sidelines of a conference on managing climate and disaster risks last week.
“With climate change and the extreme events that have been forecast, it’s a bigger challenge that we need to be geared up to,” he said.
Efforts to collect more information through weather radars, aircraft and rainfall gauges would help, he added.
A major report by the United Nations, released in full in March, said the world needs to prepare better to deal with extreme weather and rising seas exacerbated by climate change, in order to save lives and limit rising economic losses.
The U.N. climate panel report forecast that all countries will be vulnerable to an expected increase in heat waves, more intense rains and floods, and a probable rise in the intensity of droughts.