Elites get the relief.Masses wait to be rescued!Meanwhile, climate change continues to wreak havoc in real time!
Indian Media continues the in camera focus on the political leadership and the continuous political drama as official version creates yet another flood and all calamities go beyond control as relief and rescue packaged with political equation.The economy,industries and business suffer very much and the masses,specifically the Have Nots suffer most!It is the Chemistry of Calamity!
I am not sure if the disaster and its impact have been reduced or managed at all!But reports from Chennai heralds some relief if not rescue from the plight of the suffering masses.The elite class might have some escape routes as it seems!
However I am happy to note that Social media has come handy for rescuers in flood-ravaged Chennai with a desk created by National Disaster Response Force here meticulously monitoring Twitter andFacebook posts round-the-clock to ensure help at the earliest.
I always call for the use of information technology to address the calamities!
As I stand for my earlier stance, the call even before the Kedar Jal Pralay,just after the tsunami that beside trade and diplomacy,we should stand together beyond borders to create a common multilateral disaster management tracking and at least the system to reduce the impact,if we might not stop the calamities!
The Himalayan Voice based in United Sates of America interviewed me on Skype and aired the video on You Tube which is not Available at present or I should have shared yet again!
Here you are!
THE HIMALAYAN DISASTER: TRANSNATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT MECHANISM A MUST
Meanwhile, climate change continues to wreak havoc in real time.
Meanwhile,Chennai airport to allow ferry, technical flights!
The rains in Chennai, India have broken a 100-year-old record. The image above was taken back in October. (image: McKay Savage/Flickr)
Red Alarm pronounced:If all the 2,440 coal plants in the pipeline were to be built, by 2030, emissions from coal power would be 400 percent higher than what is consistent with a 2°C pathway, says the "Coal Gap" report, which was released in Paris on Tuesday. Using data from Earth Island Institute's CoalSwarm project's updated Global Coal Plant Tracker, the researchers calculated the effect of coal-fired power on global emissions and concluded that even with no new construction, in 2030, emissions from coal-fired power generation would still be more than 150 percent higher than what is consistent with holding warming below 2°C.
The researchers based their assessment on planned new coal plants both globally, and in the eight countries that each plan to build more than 5GW of coal power capacity: China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, the Philippines, Turkey — plus the EU28. In emerging economies, like India, the plants are being planned in hopes of meeting rapidly increasing electricity demand, while in the EU28, new coal plants will mainly replace existing capacity.
Following inspection of runway and other areas, the aerodrome was declared available for limited day time operations, under visual meteorological conditions for technical ferry and relief flight from Chennai airport, and subsequently upgrade to all weather operations as and when facilities are restored, an AAI statement said.
Earlier, Airports Authority of India (AAI) Chairman R K Srivastava had told PTI, "Flight operations from Chennai airport will resume partially from tomorrow. The flights will operate during the day time."
The airport would open at 6 AM and flights would operate till day light is there, he said.
The runway has been cleared for operations after inspections by officials and experts, another AAI official said.
On December 2, AAI had announced that the airport would be shut till December 6 after heavy rains caused flooding of the runway and nearby operational areas.
"Chennai Aerodrome has been closed up to 12 noon of the December 6, 2015. The situation is being closely monitored and any further action will be taken subject to review for resumption of services as soon as possible," the AAI, which runs the airport, had said on December 2.
On an average, Chennai airport handles 320 landings and departures. As many as 20 international airlines operates from Chennai airport apart from most of the domestic carriers.
The AAI, later in a statement, said that at 1730 hours the water has receded in the manoeuvring area at Chennai airport and the Runways and the taxiways are clear of water.
The FODs (Foreign Object Debris) have been removed from the operational area and required repair work on runway and taxiways has been carried out, it said.
Serviceability status of all airport systems, inter alia communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS) equipment, IT systems, Met equipment are under evaluation, the AAI added.
In the meantime, AAI team carried out inspection of the operational area and in consultation with all the stakeholders including all airline operators and regulatory authorities.
The desk at the headquaters here was created at the instruction of NDRF chief O P Singh that there should be no delay in reaching out to the people who have managed to upload their posts on Twitter or Facebook.
It has picked up over 1,000 tweets and posts and also provided response about the status of the requests.
The Information Technology wing of the force, which is being manned round-the-clock by a posse of over a dozen NDRF personnel, is posting assurances to every SoS message made online in the wake of the flood crisis in the southern metropolis.
The force is responding with messages like 'noted', 'we will do the needful', 'will do our best possible', 'noted and passed to field teams' and 'pls provide full address' to calls for help by Chennai dwellers.
Singh is getting hourly updates on his personal mobile phone about the social media response of the force and has also instructed the team to ensure that "each and every" tweet, email, WhatsApp message, SMS or phone call is acknowledged.
"We have been getting these messages for the last three- four days... Initially, we used to pick the information and send it across to our field units in Chennai and Arakkonam for immediate action, but I thought we need to personally assure the people who either seek help themselves or on behalf of their family or friends.
"Half the battle is won when our official Twitter handle or email says 'noted', which is an assurance to say that we are working on the distress call. The person on the other side feels he or she is being heard and cared for," Singh told PTI before taking a special flight to Tamil Nadu for a review of the situation there.
The 12,000-strong force, at the latest count, had received and responded to 339 tweets on its official handle '@NDRFHQ' or through '#NDRF' along with 501 emails, 613 phone calls and 13 messages on WhatsApp.
"We pick up information from all social media avenues and immediately send it to our field teams, manned by two DIG rank officers in Tamil Nadu, in an Excel sheet format via the V-SAT system activated exclusively for these tasks," a senior NDRF official said.
The calls received on the two helpline numbers -- 011-24363260, 09711077372 -- are routed to the NDRF On-Site Emergency Operation Coordination Centre (OSOCC) at Kilpauk in Chennai via satellite phone updates, Information Technology wing head of NDRF Krishan Kumar said.
Tower firm Viom Networks today said it is working with local relief authorities to ensure its mobile network remains operational in rain-ravaged districts of Tamil Nadu.
Mobile operators Bharti Airtel and Vodafone have also launched helpline services to trace missing people.
Viom in a statement said the recent natural calamity has inundated several tower sites in the region, and some of them are located in areas which are now unreachable for diesel refuelling and repair work.
Despite all the challenges, most of the damaged mobile towers in rain-ravaged districts of Tamil Nadu have been restored, and the company is working to keep up the supply of fuel at the maintenance sites to keep them running, it said.
To trace missing persons in Chennai, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone have launched a helpline wherein people can call 1948 and they will receive an SMS within 2 hours with their last called location.
Both the companies have opened 16 retail stores in prominent localities across Chennai offering this free calling and messaging service.