‘State not fully prepared to meet disasters’

With scientists across the globe warning of massive earthquakes of magnitude 8.5 in the Himalayas, the hilly Jammu and Kashmir, which lies in seismic zone IV and V, may witness the worst ever tremors that could cause “immeasurable destruction” owing to “faulty planning” and “ill-preparedness” on part of the state government. Worried over the state government’s “laid-back approach on latent but imminent danger”, experts say the authorities should do holistic planning instead of getting into a fire-fighting mode during a disaster.