By Homolata Borah, The author is Assistant Professor, Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi and Researcher at the Special Centre for Disaster Research, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Issue - Development Driven Disasters
Date - 16th September 2018
Disaster phases are not linear. They may overlap and even occur simultaneously. The complexities in disaster phases are attributed to the social, cultural, economic, political forces influencing the web of flow— and disaster risk management needs to consider moving beyond conventional notions of phases.
Disaster risk management (DRM) is an evolving discipline. In this evolution, it is perhaps at a stage where environmental management was 20 years ago and the field of development economics some 60 years ago. In the theoretical construct of DRM, the notion of ‘disaster cycle’, marked by separate disaster phases has been widely in use over the last three decades. Taxonomies of disaster phases prescribing separate units of disaster diagrammatically and theoretically are ideas encapsulating the flow from one phase...