Planning n Mitigation | VOL. 14, ISSUE 83, March-April 2014

Status of Disaster Management in India

Disaster management in India has undergone substantive changes in its composition, nature and policy. The Disaster Management Act, 2005, provides for setting up of a National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), amongst various other provisions. The 2014 Parliamentary Standing Committee Report cites that the Authority, however, is not functioning optimally and is in urgent need of a new action plan.

Planning n Mitigation | VOL. 14, ISSUE 83, March-April 2014

Liquefaction of Soil During Earthquakes

The mechanism of an earthquake is very complex. The resultant liquefaction of soil is one of the prime causes of immense damage to life and property and has been discussed in the essay.

Planning n Mitigation | VOL. 14, ISSUE 83, March-April 2014

Evaluating Catastrophe Insurance

The utility of disaster insurance, a relatively new concept for India, is still being debated. This insurance would perhaps be useful only if a foundation is laid for a social and physical disaster mitigation infrastructure.

Planning n Mitigation | VOL. 14, ISSUE 83, March-April 2014

Utilisation of Open Source Geospatial Technologies for Disaster Preparedness

Being prepared for disasters before they strike entails ensuring that the rescue teams have the necessary equipment, know where to take people from the affected area and, most importantly, how to keep themselves safe so that the rescue operation continues. By implementing geospatial techniques, emergency preparedness and response phase operations can be customised, and ready to use scenarios can be created to provide information on how to alert, prepare and train volunteers for emergencies.

Magazine Articles # Planning n Mitigation | VOL. 14, ISSUE 83 March-April 2014

Community Based Disaster Management

If the capacity of a community to face the perceived disasters is developed before the specialised responders arrive, many lives could be easily saved and infrastructural losses minimised.

Magazine Articles # Planning n Mitigation | VOL. 14, ISSUE 83, March-April 2014

Disaster Preparedness, Gender and Vulnerable Coastal Communities

Coastal populations, especially those of the east coast of India, are prone to frequent cyclonic calamities. Women’s participation in distribution, rebuilding, management and all other aspects of disaster is imperative for fostering responsive and sensitive partners who can mitigate the vulnerability status.

Magazine Articles # Planning n Mitigation | VOL. 14, ISSUE 83, March-April 2014

Changing Landscapes of Disasters in India

With the global increase in frequency and intensity of disasters, the need to address diverse challenges in the field of disaster research and practice requires a perspective beyond the current hazard-centric one. The paper points to significance of structural, social, and political processes that define the relationship between communities, ecosystems and technologies in disaster research.

Planning n Mitigation | VOL. 13, ISSUE 76, January-February 2013

Flood Hazard in India

Flood hazard studies need process based approaches, as traditional flood control measures have largely failed in India.

Planning n Mitigation | VOL. 13, ISSUE 79, July-August 2013

Rewiring the Tsunami Early Warning System

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) on 11 March 2011 warned that a 3-m-plus tsunami would hit north-eastern Japan. In fact, the wave that came ashore stood more than 10 m high — reaching 40 m in some places.

Planning n Mitigation | VOL. 13, ISSUE 79, July-August 2013

Extreme Events: Weather Service for Indian Agriculture

In the recent past escalating extreme weather events are causing concern in the different sectors of the Indian economy, especially agriculture. Weather and climate information plays a significant role in minimising crop losses and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) is dedicatedly providing advance information and advisories to the farming community.