Plague amid Pandemic: Locusts have Arrived

The ongoing locust invasion prompted the Indian government to reach out to Pakistan for a coordinated locust control response along the border through the institutionalised mechanism of Locust Warning Organisation and offered to supply pesticide Malathion to contain its spread. Both neighbours have an institutionalised arrangement under which locusts related information is exchanged by respective […]

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Disaster Risk Reduction through Sustainable Development Goals: Vulnerability and trafficking

Disasters have adversely affected different people differently based on their culture, dress, level of social cohesiveness, gender and vulnerability. Although disasters do not make a distinction between individuals, research shows disasters exacerbate pre-existing vulnerabilities which are often ignored in disaster risk reduction policies. Millions get affected by disasters every year due to vulnerabilities such as […]

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Ecosystem Based Approaches: Disaster Proofing India’s Urban Sprawls

Asia is undergoing rapid urbanisation with 42 per cent of its total population living in urban areas by 2010, contributing to 80 per cent of the GDP (Dhyani et al. 2018; UN Habitat 2010/2011). Urban centres are also considered to be one of the mega drivers of biodiversity and ecosystem services loss as pointed out […]

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The 2018 Kerala Flood: Best practices and lessons learnt

Managing disasters requires a strong supporting multi-agency collaboration to undertake various types of tasks at various stages of the disaster management cycle (Sulaiman et al. 2019). Communication is a core component of disaster planning, response, and recovery. Numerous studies have documented a variety of factors that at times communication can pose barriers to inter-agency coordination. […]

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Flood Resilience Capacity of Coastal Ecosystem: Violation of CRZ Notification

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 2013), warming of the climate system is unequivocal and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. During this period, the atmosphere and oceans have warmed, amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen and concentrations of […]

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Disaster Resilient Infrastructures in India

Natural disasters strike countries, both developed and developing, causing enormous destruction and creating human sufferings and producing negative impacts on national economies. Due to diverse geo-climatic conditions prevalent in different parts, various types of disasters such as floods, droughts, earthquakes, cyclones, landslides, volcanoes, etc. afflict vulnerable areas. India is considered one of the world’s most […]

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Disaster Risk Reduction through Humanitarian Supply Chain Development

India is highly vulnerable to natural disasters. Almost all types of natural disasters ranging from earthquakes, landslides, floods, cyclones, tsunamis to avalanches keep occurring in different parts of the country. With rapid growth of industries, now man made disasters are also on the rise. Industrial accidents may involve risks of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear […]

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Disaster Resilience Journey to Sustainable India – 2030

Disaster Management Vision – New Paradigm Shift The Global Assessment Report of UNDRR (2018) has presented a new picture of disaster risk in developing countries that warns of major risks from air pollution and biological hazards, besides floods, drought, landslides and earthquakes. Over 4 per cent of GDP loss is projected annually if disaster risk […]

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