India Disasters Report II: Redefining Disasters

Paperback | September 8, 2013

EditorS. Parasuraman, Unni Krishnan

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India Disasters Report II highlights the reality of disaster vulnerability in India due to natural causes and developmental interventions. It emphasizes the need to look at disasters as an outcome of processes rather than stand-alone events. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, this Reportemphasizes the importance of understanding the causes, effects, and complex dynamics of disasters. It asserts the need to link natural systems, social systems, and technological limitations to devise policies and action plans for disaster prevention, relief operations, and environmentally-inclusivedevelopment. With climate change becoming a global concern, India now has laws and policies, national, state, and district level administrative set-ups, and humanitarian initiatives in place for disaster preparedness and response measures. Exploring diverse issues such as vulnerability, development, environment,gender, health, and information, communication, and technology, in disasters, this Report discusses recent disasters in India and how new thinking affects policy initiatives and actual practice in disaster management.

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India Disasters Report II highlights the reality of disaster vulnerability in India due to natural causes and developmental interventions. It emphasizes the need to look at disasters as an outcome of processes rather than stand-alone events. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, this Reportemphasizes the importance of understanding th...

S. Parasuraman is Director of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. Unni Krishnan is Disaster Response Coordinator at Plan International, London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:218 pages, 11.02 × 8.66 × 0.68 inPublished:September 8, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780198090410

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List of Tables, Figures, Boxes, and MapManmohan Singh: ForewordPrefaceAcknowledgementsList of Abbreviations1. IntroductionS. Parasuraman: Rethinking Disasters: Searching for Clarity and Relevance in Disaster Discourse2. VulnerabiltiyJanki Andharia: Vulnerability and Disasters: An Overview of Concepts and Challenges3. DevelopmentChristian Wolff: Building 'Temples' on Shaky Ground: Development Policy and Disaster RiskWalter Fernandes: Internally Displaced Persons: Nobody's ChildrenVijoo Krishnan: Hungry Millions: Retreating State and Predatory Capital4. EnvironmentMax Martin: Angry Earth, Pouring Rain: Nexus between Bad Environment and DisastersRichard Mahapatra: Drought: Threatening Food SecurityShripad Dharmadhikary: Dipping Water Levels: Looming CrisisHimanshu Thakkar: Unsafe Dams: Ticking Time BombsHimanshu Thakkar: Linking Rivers: Cascading ProblemsKalpana Sharma: India's Cities: Disaster Zones?Nityanand Jayaraman: Industrial Disasters: Unlearnt LessonsRavi Agarwal: Toxic Wastes: Growing HazardM. Rajeevan: Forecasting and Warning Systems in a Warming World5. GenderNilanjana Biswas: Gender and DisastersLaxmi Murthy: Sex-selection: Individual Decision, Collective Calamity6. HealthSurinder Jaswal and Jacquleen Joseph: Psychosocial Support: Crying Need, Limited Capacity7. Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) in DisastersFrederick Noronha: Stories of Threatening Seas8. S. Parasuraman, Christian Wolff, and Nilanjana Biswas: Regional Context9. Conclusions and RecommendationsAnnexure: Disasters in India-An Exploration through DataAbout the Editors and Contributors