Volume No. 5 Issue No.: 3A Page No.: 830-847 January-March 2011

 

REACHING ACROSS DISASTER MESSAGES TO COASTAL COMMUNITIES IN TAMIL NADU, INDIA

 

I. Arul Aram

Department of Science Communication, Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMMRC) Anna University, Chennai (INDIA)

 

Received on : December 03, 2010

 

ABSTRACT

 

Except for a rare event of tsunami, cyclone is a recurring feature in the Bay of Bengal. Landing of a cyclone at a coast is accompanied by heavy winds and rain. Both cause heavy damage. Because of the increased water level, storm generated surface waves reach areas they would not otherwise reach. This causes immense damage. News about impending cyclone should reach the people on time and logistics should be in place to move people into cyclone shelters or high rise areas. Disasters such as cyclone and tsunami originate from oceans. Disasters offset development gains. They cause a setback to social investments. Damage to ecosystems, property, injury and deaths are direct effects of a disaster. So there is a need for an improved forecast of weather and climate as well as sustainable development of coastal ecosystems. The stakeholder participation is a must to enable the coastal communities to reduce vulnerabilities and to cope with hazards. If people have resources and have capacity to cope with hazards, hazards do to not turn into disasters. This paper focuses on the role of different stakeholders in coastal management with respect to tacking hazards.

 

Keywords : Disaster communications, Satellite, Cyclone, Weather forecast, Disaster

 

 

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