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Beyond Embankments

The recent floods in Kashmir and Uttarakhand are an eye-opener—short term preventive measures like embankments should be replaced by strengthening of the institutional mechanism and improvement in forecasting and information disseminating systems.

Social Mobilisation for Rehabilitation Relief Work in Cyclone-affected Orissa

The progress of relief and rehabilitation work in the cyclone-affected areas of Orissa has been abysmally slow. The coping capacity of backward regions is weak and livelihood and support systems of the people in affected areas is vulnerable to natural calamities. Rehabilitation work needs to be integrated with the goal of restoring economic security of the people and with poverty alleviation measures. This article argues for the need to have a permanent disaster management organisation and the need to generate social mobilisation and community participation.

Reducing Earthquake Losses

The Bhuj earthquake once again underlined India's exposure to enormous seismic risks. The frequency of earthquakes in the last decade has presented serious public policy challenges. What is required is a national seismic mitigation programme that encourages both the structural and non-structural measures as means of reducing seismic risk and builds institutional capability.

Reflections on the Kutch Earthquake

Despite the recent earthquake that wreaked havoc across Kutch, its people have long since learnt to cope with disasters and adapt their lives to the vagaries of nature. Yet while powerful social and political factors continue to manipulate calamities, it is equally important that administrators and NGOs understand Kutch's landscape history to make sense of the present earthquake and to ensure the rebuilding of Kutch is done sensitively and appropriately.
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