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Lessons Cyclones Teach

There is much that still remains to be understood about disaster management.

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.

Lessons from Orissa Super Cyclone

The Indian Meteorological Department will need to go beyond its current attitude of scientific information dissemination to being a user-driven warning service. The department has to combine technological systems with social science knowledge if it is to provide efficient warning and save lives in a cyclone.

Coping with Nature'sWrath

Agricultural Disaster Management in Bangladesh by Hugh Brammer; The University Press, Dhaka, 1999; pp xxii + 427, Taka 750.

Ethnography of an Earthquake

Events such as the devastating Kutch earthquake shake people's consciousness, change their thinking, and reformulate their relationship with nature, restructure the system of settlement and indeed, the character of social life. Operating on these human adjustments and continuing dialectics between humans and nature, the social scientist as ethnographer has to attempt to understand how people perceive these events, interpret them and formulate settlement patterns and modes of social life.

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.

Calcutta Diary

What distinguishes the Gujarat cataclysm is the fact that this has been one earthquake where, along with the poor, affluent sections of society have also been substantial sufferers. Perhaps for the first time in the annals of mankind, an earthquake has shaken the confidence of oligarchs. Globalisation and liberalisation have come home to roost. The rich, who were agog at the marvels of western architecture, have had a rude awakening.

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