AP CM asserts need to improve efficiency in disaster mgnt

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Hyderabad, Dec 12 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today asserted the need for improving efficiency in disaster management to tackle increasing natural and man-made calamities.

Inaugurating a three-day 'International conference on Natural Hazards and Disaster Management,' organised by Chaitanya Bharati Institute of Technology (CBIT) here, Dr Reddy said ''we have to prepare a strategy to face terrorist attacks in a successful manner.

We don't know where the terrorist would attack and at what time.

The efficiency of the departments concerned should improve.'' Stating that the state Fire service department, as a nodal agency, was roped into the disaster management services, he claimed that his government was good in disaster management ''but we can't be happy with the present level of efficiency.'' The Centre was planning to establish state and district-level Disaster Management Authorities in the state, he added.

Calling on the civil society to help the government during the natural and man-made calamities, the Chief Minister said the government would adopt the best suggestions and ideas evolved in the international conference in which several prominent personalities in the field of disaster management were participating.

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