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Overlooking disaster warnings proves costly

Special Correspondent | THEHINDUKOZHIKODE , AUGUST 19, 2019 23:31 IST

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Reports by experts had specified parameters of concern and strategies for calamity mitigation

Warnings and recommendations for action given by the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) and the district town and country planning Offices in Kozhikode, Malappuram, and Wayanad against the backdrop of the deluge that hit the districts last year, are still in cold storage.

Kozhikode, Wayanad, and Malappuram suffered the worst of nature’s fury this time too, giving a tough time for rescue personnel. Incidentally, reports furnished by the IIA in association with government and non-governmental agencies had made a profile of each district, their hazard history, and parameters of concern along with strategies for disaster mitigation.

If 41,565 persons had been affected by floods and rain-triggered landslips last year, over 60,000 victims were relocated to rehabilitation centres over the past fortnight in Kozhikode district alone.

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