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Seismic guidelines issued

India's National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued comprehensive guidelines for earthquake management following consultations with over 300 internationally recognised earthquake management experts.

India's National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued comprehensive guidelines for earthquake management following consultations with over 300 internationally recognised earthquake management experts. The NDMA called for the urgent introduction of licence requirements for masons, carpenters and engineers - akin to a driving licence - to ensure that anyone involved in building construction would be qualified to do so. Almost 59% of Indian land is under threat of moderate to severe earthquakes. During the last 15 years, earthquakes have claimed more than 20,000 lives in the country.

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