Srinagar: Climatic changes in Jammu and Kashmir can lead to frequent and intensive disasters, hitting physical infrastructure, food security and livelihoods of those who dependent on natural resources the most, an official report has said.
The report, the ‘State Action Plan on Climate Change’, prepared by the department of Ecology, Environment and Remote Sensing, said the climate-related
The report said the climate-related vulnerabilities are likely to undermine the economic sustainability and development, while recommending disaster risk management strategies and climate change adaptation planning.
It has drawn attention to the state’s disaster vulnerability, referring to earthquakes, floods, landslides, avalanches, high-velocity winds and snowstorms, adding these disasters disturb the ecological balance.
The report has also recommended hazard-risk mapping using GIS and remote sensing and risk reduction through implementable policies.
It has also sought strengthening of communication networks and disaster management facilities. Last year, after the 2014 flood hit the region, entire communication network got disrupted and the services were resumed a month later.
The first-ever disaster management plan approved by the government last year for coping up with disasters and calamities in a more effective manner is limited to papers.