Making Disaster Risk Reduction a Priority for Everyone
By Manu Gupta
The author is Executive Director, SEEDS, New Delhi. email@example.com
Long term mitigation planning, and ensuring that all new development is sensitive to potential risks is the need of the hour, given the fact that South Asia is vulnerable to major earthquakes in the future.
The Nepal earthquakes are a painful reminder for all of us that almost the entire South Asian population lies in harm’s way. Consider the fact that 80 per cent of India’s building stock is non-engineered. Even the balance stock is not necessarily capable of withstanding earthquakes of the magnitude that struck Nepal. While the risk of earthquakes is everywhere, it is particularly accentuated in urban areas due to their population density. Today, India is rapidly urbanising. As per the 2011...