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Audit: India disaster relief agency not ready for calamities

from Reuters AlertNet

India's disaster relief agency suffers from "critical gaps" in its preparedness for calamities, making it largely ineffective when responding to the numerous disasters the country faces such as floods and earthquakes, a government auditor's report has said. The National Disaster Management Authority — set up in 2006 and chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh — has neither information nor control over response to disasters and has failed to implement projects to strengthen the country's resilience, according a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General. more

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