India: Arunachal Pradesh Remote Sensing Application Centre will submit a Rs 32-crore project proposal to the Ministry of Earth Sciences for microzonation mapping as a measure to take precaution for earth-quakes, landslides and floods.
The wake-up call for the state remote sensing department came during a seismic vulnerability study on a village in Upper Siang district, Peki Madi, which continued to experience frequent jolts on a daily basis. The director of Arunachal Pradesh Remote Sensing Application Centre, G.C.H. Chennaih, said, the frequent tremors that the villagers of Peki Madi experienced was brought to light by Maryang Geku constituency MLA J.K. Panggeng in 2008.
“Our study on the village, last year revealed high seismic vulnerability. Remote sensing studies using latest satellite data showed that Peki Madi village is located at the junction of a major thrust and a major fault. As Arunachal Pradesh falls in seismic Zone V, one of the most vulnerable areas, utmost precaution is required.
We have created a Disaster Management Information System for the state with respect to three disasters — earthquake, landslide and flood under which we did macrozonation. Now, we are preparing a project proposal worth Rs 32 crore for microzonation mapping for earth quake, landslides and floods to submit to Ministry of Earth Sciences for approval in June,” Chennaih said.
Source: Telegraph India