Angikaar Campaign

Context Recently the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) launched “Angikaar” a campaign for change management and e-Course on Vulnerability Atlas of India. About Angikaar Campaign The e-course is offered by the MoHUA in collaboration of School of Planning & Architecture (SPA), New Delhi and Building Materials & Technology Read More …

International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

Context Recently the Union Cabinet has given ex-post facto approval for the Establishment of an International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) along with its supporting Secretariat Office in New Delhi. International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) The CDRI is proposed to be launched at the UN Climate Action Read More …

Lessons after the great deluge

Context The unique geography of Kerala, with its steep climbdown from 900m high elevations of the Western Ghats to the coast of Malabar, has resulted in a land with a vast riverine network. There are no less than 44 fast flowing rivers that drain the rainwater Kerala is blessed with into Read More …

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters

Context With Assam inundated by floods, several countries including China, Russia and France collaborated with India on sharing satellite images of the scale of inundation. As signatories to the The International Charter Space and Major Disasters, any of the 32 member countries can send a ‘request’ to activate the Charter. This would Read More …

Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP)

Context: The World Bank, the Government of India and representatives of 5 States of Government of India and Implementing Agencies signed here in New Delhi today the Loan Agreement for Additional Financing of $137 Million for the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) that will help rehabilitate and modernize over 220 selected large dams in Read More …

Flood Management and Border Areas Programme (FMBAP)

Context:  The Union Cabinet has approved the “Flood Management and Border Areas Programme (FMBAP)” for Flood Management Works in entire country and River Management Activities and works related to Border Areas for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20. Salient features: The Scheme “FMBAP” has been framed by merging the components of two continuing XII Read More …

Odisha launches disaster alert system for its coast

Context Recently the Odisha government has launched the Early Warning Dissemination System, the first-of-its-kind technology in India, to simultaneously warn coastal communities and fisher folk about impending cyclone and tsunami through siren towers. About Early Warning Dissemination System: The EWDS, a collaborative effort of the Central and State governments, has Read More …

Amritsar disaster: avoidable tragedy

Context: The ghastly Dasara disaster at Amritsar that has left 59 people dead is a harsh reminder, if any were needed, that government departments have not yet taken official protocols for safety at mass gatherings seriously. In the aftermath of the entirely preventable carnage, in which spectators crowding a railway Read More …

Global Risk Financing Facility

The World Bank launched a new $150 million fund intended to help insure vulnerable countries against natural disasters and the increasing risk of climate change-linked crises. The announcement follows a string of recent natural disasters across the world including record storms and a series of deadly quakes in Indonesia, where the Read More …

Economic Losses, Poverty and Disasters 1998-2017

Context: India suffered a whopping USD 79.5 billion economic loss due to climate-related disasters in the last 20 years, according to a UN report which highlights the impact of extreme weather events on the global economy. More about the Reports: The report titled Economic Losses, Poverty and Disasters 1998-2017 was compiled by Read More …