Indian sub continent is prone to multiple hazards and highly vulnerable to both natural and man -made disasters that generally result in heavy loss of life: sometimes even leading to mass causalities. The last few decades have shown an increased frequency of disasters resulting in large number of human casualties and huge economic losses . In case of many such disasters , human and economic losses can be minimized to quite an extend even though they may not be totally prevented.
2. The U.T. of puducherry has a coastline of 45 KM along the Bay of Bengal and to some extend along the Arabian Sea. The Puducherry region has 24Km of coastline ,Karaikal has 20 KM stretch , Mahe has 1.5 Km and Yanam has 1 KM stretch of river bank. The U.T. of Puducherry is prone to many natural hazards like heavy rain, floods, cyclones and earth quakes. In the past, cyclones and associated storm surges have inundated vast area of land along the coastal stretches of Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea and it is influenced by South West and North East monsoon. The heavy rain/cyclones that occur under the influence of South West monsoon sometimes cause heavy damage to life and property.
3. While not all natural calamities can be predicted and prevented, a state of preparedness and ability to respond quickly to a natural calamity can considerably mitigate loss of life and property and the human suffering and restore normalcy at the earliest. It is therefore, of paramount importance that a plan of action for dealing the contingencies that arise in the wake of disasters is formulated and periodically updated. The basic objectives of this Disaster Management Action Plan is to protect all the residents and wealth from all sorts of untoward incidents through the following objectives.
OBJECTIVES OF DISASTER MANAGEMENT ACTION PLAN – MAHE
- To prevent loss of human lives and property
- Institutionalization of disaster management in administration
- Encouraging a culture of disaster preparedness
- Vulnerability reduction and disaster mitigation through better planning process
- Creation of the best government mechanism to handle any unprecedented events
- Instant response and effective decision making in disasters
- Better coordination of relief and rehabilitation In the aftermath of disaster
- Better coordination of all line departments in disaster management
- Regular update of resource available in around the districts.
Mahe is a small area bounded on the west by Arabian Sea, on the north by the river ponniyam(Moolakkadavu) and on the other of stretch of calcerous hills of medium height which are linked to the ghats by a series of wooded hillocks. The river Mahe which flows towards the west, divides the region into two parts.
|Date of formation of UT / De jure transfer||01.07.1963|
|Area (including all regions)||8.76 Sq. Km|
|Latitude||110 422 To 110 432 North|
|Longitude||750 312 To 750 332 East|
|Estimated Population 2018||45,000|
|Population Density||4773 per sq. Km|
|Sex Ratio||1029 females per 1000 males|
|Per capita income||11677/-|
|Temperature||Max – 320C, Min – 220C|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Language Spoken||Malayalam, English & French|