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Contextualising Disaster Aftermath

Epicentre to Aftermath: Rebuilding and Remembering in the Wake of Nepal’s Earthquakes edited by Michael Hutt, Mark Liechty, and Stefanie Lotter, Cambridge University Press, 2021; pp xviii + 464, £90 (hardcover).

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.

Weak at the Base

More than 15,000 are feared to have perished in the earthquake which spread across Gujarat and neighbouring areas from an epicentre near Bhuj on Friday morning. And the count has only just begun. As we go to press less than 48 hours after first tremors were felt, all systems are only just getting out of the stunned stupor. But it is already evident that the magnitude of destruction far exceeds the devastation caused by the Latur earthquake in 1993. Measuring a disputed 6.7 on the Richter scale (foreign meteorological laboratories have registered a higher intensity), the earthquake has almost razed entire districts to the ground. Bhuj, the worst hit, has been completely isolated, with no communication links working. While there will eventually, sooner rather than later, be put in place a management plan and programme for the rescue and reconstruction work, as yet the scene is one of utter confusion and desperate hope.
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