Changing Landscapes of Disasters in India


Vol NO: VOL. 14, ISSUE 83,

"Local risk landscapes are changing fast, with frequent and intense weather events, and societal and environmental stresses which are becoming increasingly uncertain and unpredictable. As a result, many current approaches towards landscapes disasters have only had a partial impact despite concerted efforts at development interventions.

According to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, Belgium, which maintains a global database on disasters, the frequency and intensity of landscapes disasters are on the rise. The Haiti earthquake in 2010, the 2011 floods in Thailand, hurricane Sandy in 2012, cyclone Haiyan in 2013 in Philippines, Phailin in 2013 in Odisha, and the Uttarakhand disaster in 2013, bring extreme weather events in focus. The 2012 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) argues that extreme weather and climate events interacting with exposed and vulnerable human and natural systems can lead to landscapes disasters. Landscapes disasters reflect the spatially diverse and temporally dynamic patterns of exposure and vulnerability. Settlement patterns, urbanization, and changes in socio-economic conditions have all influenced observed trends in exposure and vulnerability. For example, coasts, small islands

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    Janki Andharia and Prabhakar Jayaprakash

    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.

    The authors are Professor and research scholar at the Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

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