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India: Himachal Pradesh Makes it Mandatory for Trekkers to Carry GPS Device to Tackle Any Exigency

It would be made mandatory for trekkers to have a GPS device so that they can be provided all possible help

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A decision in this regard was taken at a review meeting chaired by Additional Chief Secretary Shrikant Baldi here on preparedness for the monsoon. Pixabay

The Himachal Pradesh government on Tuesday made it mandatory for trekkers to carry a GPS device to tackle any exigency.

A decision in this regard was taken at a review meeting chaired by Additional Chief Secretary Shrikant Baldi here on preparedness for the monsoon.

He said it was important that trekking and other ‘yatras’ were restricted during adverse weather. “It would be made mandatory for trekkers to have a GPS device so that they can be provided all possible help in case of any emergency,” said Baldi.

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The Himachal Pradesh government on Tuesday made it mandatory for trekkers to carry a GPS device to tackle any exigency. Pixabay

Being a disaster-prone state, it is essential to pay special attention to disseminating weather advisories and installing early warning systems in Himachal Pradesh, he said.

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While Kullu and Dalhousie have been identified for installation of early warning systems, Rampur and Mandi towns have been zeroed in for setting up the relief and rescue base of National Disaster Response Force. (IANS)

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Sri Lanka Initiates Programme to Fit GPS Collars on Wild Elephants to Minimize Deaths

Under the direction of DWC Director General M.G.C. Sooriyabandara, the programme was immediately implemented

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Sri Lanka had recorded a high number of elephant deaths in the past two years and environmentalists had raised serious concerns. Pixabay

Sri Lanka’s Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) said on Monday that it had initiated a programme to fit GPS collars on wild elephants in a bid to minimize the escalating human-elephant conflict prevailing across the island country.

The Department said that Sri Lanka had recorded a high number of elephant deaths in the past two years and environmentalists had raised serious concerns, reports Xinhua news agency.

Under the direction of DWC Director General M.G.C. Sooriyabandara, the programme was immediately implemented in the Uva province which was one of the worst areas affected by the human-elephant conflict.

The programme would soon be implemented in other parts of the island.

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Sri Lanka’s Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) said on Monday that it had initiated a programme. Pixabay

The government said the death toll from Sri Lanka’s human-elephant conflict hit a record high with over 375 people killed by wild elephants and over 1,100 elephants killed by humans within the last five years.

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Official records show the population of wild elephants in Sri Lanka is estimated at 7,500. (IANS)