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eDisaster Management Plan in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra

Apr 01, 2013

Gadchiroli District Administration has implemented an ICT-based comprehensive and effective solution to respond to recurring disasters in the area. The technologies used are accessible, affordable and appropriate.

Situated in the Godavari drainage basin in Maharashtra, Gadchiroli has abundant natural resources and experiences good rainfall. The rivers and rain are sources of irrigation here, and many villages are on the bank of rivers passing through the district. Due to heavy monsoons, these rivers often get flooded between July and September and cause damage to people and property.

In order to respond to this recurring problem, the district administration designed a technology-based disaster management programme that combines eFlood Alerts with blood donor information system.

The innovation integrates several ICT components to provide a comprehensive solution. The disaster management system includes a 24*7 Control Room to coordinate all efforts, an eFlood Alert System that uses a sensor to detect water level and sends an automatic update to important governmental and non-governmental functionaries, a water level monitoring system in observation wells to check the ground water level and a blood donor information system that links donors to the recipients.

Introduction of the disaster management plan has streamlined the information flow during crises, and also eased rescue operations. The government departments receive alerts prior to the river reaching danger levels or floods occurring. This helps them in planning evacuation and rehabilitation strategies in advance.

Overall, the programme has proved to be useful as it responds to the needs of the government and citizens, and mitigates the risk of recurring disaster.

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