Disaster preparedness

Published: Saturday 04 July 2015

> Floods and cyclones play havoc with irrigation processes in the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh. On the other hand, the Rayal-seema and Telengana regions with semiarid to arid climatic conditions are frequently affected by droughts. The worst affected are the rural people who are not adequately warned about the impending disasters. Now, the Andhra Pradesh State Remote Sensing Applications Centre (APSRAC) has developed a remote sensing application to overcome some of the problems that the state faces. The application areas include surface water, groundwater, marine resources, geology and mines, energy, agriculture, soils, urban planning, roads, forestry, animal husbandry and environ-mental hazards. Another project, the Integrated Mission for Sustainable Development (IMSD) will take up an integrated study of natural resources to arrive at site specific solutions at village level which are economically suitable, energy efficient, and environmentally benign. It is sponsored by the Department of Space and co-sponsored by the rural development department, government of Andhra Pradesh.

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