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Disaster management strategy for potential slide zones of Kumarkhera in Narendra Nagar township of Tehri Garhwal district, Uttarakhand, India

Disaster management strategy for potential slide zones of Kumarkhera in Narendra Nagar township of Tehri Garhwal district, Uttarakhand, India

Disaster management strategy for potential slide zones of Kumarkhera in Narendra Nagar township of Tehri Garhwal district, Uttarakhand,

DPM 19,3 358 Disaster Prevention and Management Vol. 19 No. 3, 2010 pp. 358-369 q Emerald Group Publishing Limited 0965-3562 DOI 10.1108/09653561011052529 The current issue and full text archive of this journal is available at www.emeraldinsight.com/0965-3562.htm Disaster management strategy for potential slide zones of Kumarkhera in Narendra Nagar township of Tehri Garhwal district, Uttarakhand, India Aniruddha Uniyal Remote Sensing Applications Centre, Lucknow , India Abstract Purpose – Kumarkhera in Narendra Nagar township of Lesser Himalaya (Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand in India) is showing signs of an impending disaster. The potential mass wastage zone may take toll of human lives in the near future and cause damage to residential and commercial area and infrastructure, namely road, telephone and electric lines and water supply lines. This paper aims to document the strategy for managing this potential disaster. Design/methodology/approach – Study of satellite images and field investigations were carried out in order to probe the possibility of potential landslides in the near future and to find out the risk enhancing anthropogenic activities. Furthermore, the elements at risk were also assessed in order to evolve a disaster management strategy. Findings – It is suggested that a series of prevention and mitigation measures (both structural and non-structural) with the involvement of the local community are required to avoid an impending disaster in the study area. Originality/value – This paper highlights the need for reading the signs of landslides and identifying the elements at risk and also calls for timely initiatives, including structural and non-structural mitigation measures, so that the impact of the disaster can be minimized. Keywords Landslides, Disasters, India Paper type Research paper Background Uttarakhand state of India is extremely vulnerable to natural disasters due to its fragile geology, active tectonics, high relief, critical slopes and intense rainfall. Major part of Uttarakhand is prone to multihazards, namely earthquakes, landslides, cloud bursts and flash floods. The Himalaya originated as a result of continent-continent collision between India and Asia (Thakur, 2004), which is seismically the most active segment of Indian subcontinent and occurrences of landslide are common in such geodynamically sensitive belt (Valdiya, 1987). The unprecedented exploitation of Himalaya by man in The author dedicates this article to his mother Mrs Vijaya Uniyal and father Dr P.N. Uniyal. The author is thankful to the director, RSAC-UP and Mr P.N. Shah. Head, ERD, RSAC-UP, Lucknow for the encouragement to work in the field of disaster management. Mr Meghraj of RSAC-UP, Lucknow is also thanked for his suggestions. The author also thanks his wife Nidhi Uniyal, brother Prabuddha Uniyal and son Pranayak Uniyal for their support during the course of this study.