When a sudden event causes a serious disruption to the society and its effect on the community goes beyond its coping capacity to cope with the loss by using the local resources,we can call the situation as a ‘disaster’. The hazardous surroundings of the community, the conditions of vulnerability that are present and the insufficient measures to prevent or cope with the devastation, cause the disaster. In the coming chapters, these concepts would be dealt with in detail.
Panchkula district has the strategic and pollution free location that attracts many Boards and Corporations and government departments to locate their headquarters here.The rich flora and fauna also adds to its beauty. But the district also faces some natural and unnatural hazards towards which the administration is actively engaged. District Disaster Management Plan (DDMP) is one
such tool that facilitates to take efficientmeasures in this direction. In simple terms, a District Disaster Management Plan guides in responding to a disaster, if ever occurred, and to prevent and mitigate the disaster in future.
The district is situated on the Shivalik foothills and is a gateway to Sub-Himalayan plains. The terrain is sub-mountainous with a steep natural slope. The rivers originating from the hills in
Himachal Pradesh pass through the district and the water, therefore, generally does not accumulate and passes downstream. This gives rise to soil erosion as the river washes away the land.
In this regard, the district has developed a separate disaster management document, which can be downloaded, Click Here to Download