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India: State Disaster Management Keeps Track of 'Char Dham' Pilgrims


Having learnt a lesson or two from last year’s Uttarakhand tragedy, the disaster management department has roped in multiple government agencies this year in order to compile the complete data of pilgrims from the State embarking on the “Char DhamYatra”. Districts Collectors have been instructed to ensure registration of names and addresses of the pilgrims by the Village Revenue Officer concerned at the village level. The Commissioner of Tourism Department was requested to convene a meeting with travel agencies and ensure that they maintain a database of the pilgrims. The Transport Department was also asked to note down de
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India: Chopper, Air Ambulance for Maoist-Affected Areas


Varanasi: An Indian Army helicopter and an air ambulance have been made available to the police for the polling on May 12 Monday. The chopper for use to drop armed forces in remote areas of Maoist-affected Sonbhadra, Chandauli and Mirzapur districts in case of emergency. The air ambulance would be stationed at Babatpur airport.
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India: Disaster management: Thiruvananthapuram Gears Up to Put Plan-B in Place


Thiruvananthapuram: The summer showers and the damage trail it left have served as an eye-opener for the city corporation. The civic body has submitted a detailed project proposal worth Rs 25 lakh to the district planning committee (DPC) specifically for disaster management. The corporation will also set up an Incident Response System (IRS) under the United Nations Development Programme through the city disaster management cell. 35-member team comprising select officials from the district administration, directorate of health services, state disaster response force, police, fire and rescue services, KWA and PWD will be trained as part of IR
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India: RTA Fixes Ambulance Fares to Check Over-charging


Nagpur: In an effort to keep a check on private and NGO-run ambulance services from charging exorbitant rates, the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) has fixed fares for hiring ambulances in the city and outside corporation limits. The move follows a recent directive by the state transport commissioner to this effect. As per the newly-fixed tariff, hiring a Maruti Omni ambulance would cost Rs 400 for 0-25 km. For the same distance, a Tata Sumo ambulance would cost Rs 450, Winger ambulance Rs 500 and Tempo Traveller Rs 600.The RTA has also allowed increasing charges for air-conditioned ambulances by 10% of the fares declared by it. The fares
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India: Red Cross Odisha Branch Organizing First Medical Responder (FMR) Training Programme


Bhubaneswar: The Indian Red Cross Society, with the support of its international partners (IFRC and ICRC), aims to develop a cadre of First Medical Responders at district level through a series of training programmes, enhancing the capacity of the communities to respond to emergency situations.  These volunteers and staffs are being trained and equipped to address the needs of the local communities, providing First Aid, Triage, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, public health and psychological support. IRCS-Odisha State Branch is organising the First Medical Responder training programme for SDRT/DDRT Members/ Youth/Junior Red Cros
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