Ideas about large scale disasters have gone through various phases, from being attributed to ‘supernatural’ to being seen as ‘acts of nature’ to finally being recognised as the action of man. Disasters are a complex phenomenon with the term ‘disaster’ often misused in common parlance in cases ranging from car accidents, space shuttle failure, train […]

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Panchayat and Disaster Management

India’s unique climate and socio-economic realities make it vulnerable to a number of natural, as well as man-made disasters such as floods, droughts, cyclones, earthquakes, landslides, avalanches and forest fires. Out of 35 states and union territories in the country, 27 —about 77 per cent, are disaster prone. According to a document, ‘Disaster Management in […]

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Risk Assessment through Children

Prevention begins with information. Awareness is the first step towards information. Awareness can trigger interest, interest can lead to attention and attention can drive prompt action. As schools are the best venue for sowing collective values, school students and teachers can serve as vehicles for building a culture of prevention. Schools are also often used […]

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