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14 Aug 2017 description

Transformation: Initiatives Towards Resilience

Can cutting edge innovations that integrate disaster risk reduction with climate change adaptation transform our views on risk from the standpoint of individuals, institutions and investments that shape resilience?

This issue of Southasiadisasters.net offers an unusual range of such examples from India, prevalent not only in this country but all across South Asia. AIDMI's two decades of work in South Asia has shown that "Uncertainty" is an opportunity for transformation.

08 Mar 2017 description

It is time we stop a hazard from becoming a disaster. Local communities have the knowledge and resilience.

07 Oct 2016 description


The Guidance Note on Recovery: Private Sector draws from the wider body of knowledge on private sector recovery and from documented experiences of past and present disaster planning and recovery e orts. Materials have been collected through desk review and direct consultations with relevant experts. These experiences and lessons learned are classi ed into the following four major issues:

  1. The Disaster Recovery Role of the Private Sector

  2. Engaging the Private Sector in Disaster Recovery

07 Aug 2016 description
report World Bank


  • The earthquake that shook Gujarat on January 26, 2001 served as a severe wake-up call.

  • Now, Gujarat has three nodal institutions dedicated solely to disaster preparedness and management.

  • Emergency services have been revamped, a detailed hazard map assesses the vulnerability of all districts, and mock drills are conducted in all schools.

21 Apr 2016 description

This issue of Southasiadisasters.net is titled ‘Youth Leadership in Long Term Recovery’. Disaster recovery is an important phase of the disaster management cycle as it helps in the evolution of resilient communities. However, the voices of the youth are often left out of the recovery process. In January 2016, the All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) invited 8 students from Oxford Brookes University to visit 2 districts of Gujarat to study the long-term impacts of recovery from the 2001 earthquake.

05 Jun 2015 description

IDMC's report explores the challenges in providing sustainable housing assistance to informal urban settlers displaced by disasters. It looks at nine case studies from Asia, America and Europe.

The report identifies the difficulties faced by urban informal settlers in receiving long-term housing assistance in post-disaster situations. Informal settlers are more exposed and vulnerable to displacement and are more likely to be relocated and excluded from the provision of durable housing assistance.

26 Jan 2011 description
report AlertNet

Source: Alertnet // Nita Bhalla

BHUJ, India (AlertNet) - When the ground shook in India's industrial heartland of Gujarat on a sunny morning a decade ago, crushing homes and killing thousands of people, authorities mounted a largely impressive effort to rebuild.

Exactly 10 years on, as Gujarat developed into a model of industrial progress in India, thousands of victims of that quake continue to reel from the disaster, in flimsy plywood and tin hovels without compensation and little food and water.

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31 Dec 2010 description

This compilation presents different cases of post disaster recovery highlighting the role of community. Involvement of community in the overall process of determining what is to be done, how it is to be done, who it is to benefit, and how to implement decisions to ―build back better‖ are emphasized.

14 Jul 2010 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 14 juillet 2010 (IRIN) - IRIN se penche sur certaines leçons en matière de santé tirées de quatre importants séismes survenus au cours des 10 dernières années : en Inde (2001), en Chine (2008), au Chili (2010) et en Haïti (2010).


Le séisme de 7,6 sur l'échelle de Richter qui a touché l'état du Gujarat, dans l'ouest de l'Inde, en 2001, a tué près de 14 000 personnes, détruit plus de 1 800 structures sanitaires et endommagé 3 812 centres de santé, compromettant gravement la capacité de l'état à apporter des soins d'urgence.

Depuis lors :

- Une …

13 Jul 2010 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 13 July 2010 (IRIN) - IRIN takes a look at some of the health lessons learned from four large earthquakes in the past decade - India (2001), China (2008), Chile (2010) and Haiti (2010).


The 7.6 Richter scale earthquake in 2001 that hit Gujarat State in western India killed almost 14,000 people, destroyed more than 1,800 health facilities, and partially destroyed 3,812 health centres, crippling the state's ability to offer emergency care.

Since then:

. Seismic-risk map created for Gujarat State


22 Dec 2009 description


08 Sep 2009 description

Kathmandu, 8 September 2009: Disasters and emergencies have claimed 750 000 lives in South-East Asia between 1998 and 2009, accounting for 61.6% of all global deaths due to natural disasters. A health facility that can withstand a disaster and continue to function can be the difference between life and death.

Health Ministers from WHO's 11 Member States in South-East Asia committed themselves to making health facilities more resilient by adopting the Kathmandu Declaration on Protecting Health Facilities from Disasters.

30 Apr 2009 description

Gareth Price and Mihir Bhatt

HPG Working Paper April 2009

1. Introduction

This case study is part of the ODI HPG research programme on the role of the affected state in humanitarian action. It aims to describe the essential elements of India's approach to disaster management as seen in its response to the 2001 Gujarat earthquake and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The study also analyses policy trends in India's disaster response, focusing on the 2005 Disaster Management Act.

India is affected by both expected and unexpected natural disasters each year.

07 Apr 2009 description

On 26th Janauary 2001 Bhuj and surrounding areas were rocked by a devastating earthquake. The number of casualities started rising every hour. The only local hospital and the primary health centers in the area were badly damaged and the medical facilities came to a stand still. The Government airlifted medical teams but there were no equipped safe buildings where they could perform their duties.

06 Apr 2009 description

On World Health Day 2009, the World Health Organization is focusing on the safety of health facilities which are most needed during emergencies but too often become casualties themselves. Dr Samlee Plianbangchang, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, emphasized the vital importance of safe health facilities that can withstand natural and manmade disasters.

The South-East Asia Region is no stranger to disasters. More than half a million people in the Region lost their lives to natural disasters between 1996 and 2005.

04 Nov 2008 description

Executive summary

Comprising 45 countries in South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, the region is home to more than half of the world's population, the majority of whom are poor and among the most disadvantaged in the world. Some 600 million women, men and children in the region live below the USD 1 a day poverty line, while 1.8 billion survive on less than USD 2 a day. Compounding the situation, the region is also highly disaster-prone. The diversity, scale and frequency of natural disasters in the region are daunting.