Uttarakhand tragedy could have been avoided : DRDO chief
 Source : Agencies, News Bharati English  Date : 26-Jun-2013



New Delhi, June 26 : The new chief of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, Dr Avinash Chander, on Wednesday said the Uttarakhand calamity was totally avoidable.

In an interview to a news channel, the country's senior most military scientist said if weather radars had existed, the disaster would not have happened.

"The tragedy could have been avoided if weather radars had existed at local level," Chander said.

"It highlights the need for sensors at local/state level to detect micro-climate and forecast phenomena such as cloudbursts. Overall satellite picture doesn't give specific data required to forecast such disasters," he said.

Chander emphasised on the need to anticipate what disasters lay ahead because "nature is not always predictable".

"We have set up a special team to create Disaster Management Support System to aid in such situations, which will include communication equipment, UAVs and bridging equipment," he said.

The DRDO chief's statement comes a day after a senior official of National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) blamed the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the huge loss of life.

The head of Geo Hazards at NIDM, Chandan Ghosh, had said that ISRO faltered by not issuing a warning on ice formation at the Kedar Dome Lake.