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58.6% of India prone to earthquakes

58.6% of India prone to earthquakes
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India is vulnerable, in varying degrees, to a large number of hazards. More than 58.6 per cent of the landmass is prone to earthquakes of moderate to very high intensity; and over 40 million hectares (12%) of its land is prone to floods

New Delhi: India is vulnerable, in varying degrees, to a large number of hazards. More than 58.6 per cent of the landmass is prone to earthquakes of moderate to very high intensity; and over 40 million hectares (12%) of its land is prone to floods

and river erosion; close to 5,700 km. The 7,516-km-long coastline is also prone to cyclones and tsunamis. Disclosing this in Lok Sabha, the Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan, said that 68% of the cultivable area is vulnerable to droughts, and its hilly areas are at risk from landslides and avalanches.

The country is also vulnerable to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear emergencies and other man-made hazards. Disaster risks are further compounded changing demographics, unregulated urbanization, development within high-risk zones, environmental degradation, and epidemics and pandemics.

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