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'L3' Category Disaster Status

Published on August 11, 2019
Current context: The Congress party has demanded that the massive floods in Maharashtra be given the status of 'L3' category disaster.
'L3' Category Disaster Status
  • From the past one week, western Maharashtra is receiving heavy rains that have wreaked havoc in the region.
  • ‘L3'-level is an indication of a very large-scale disaster, as per the guidelines of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
  • The L3 status would mandate the Centre to assist the disaster affected people in Maharashtra.
  • The NDMC categorization of the Levels of Disasters is:
    • Level-L1: The level of disaster that can be managed within the resources and capabilities of the District.
    • Level-L2: The level of disaster that requires assistance and resources mobilization at the state level along with state agencies deployment for disaster management.
    • Level-L3: This level of catastrophic disaster or a very large-scale disaster situation that overwhelms the State and District authorities resource and capabilities.


Q.1 The L3 status of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), recently in the news signifies?
a. Need for state assistance for a disaster
b. Need for Centres assistance for a disaster
c. Need for district assistance for a disaster
d. Need for global assistance for a disaster

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