The essence of disaster risk reduction lies in managing the underlying factors of disaster risk such as poverty, myopic planning, lack of building codes, environmental degradation, etc. If these risks are effectively managed then the death and destruction resulting from extreme events can be substantially reduced. Over the past two decades, India has taken considerable strides to minimize the deaths associated with disasters. However, even despite advancements in disaster management science and weather forecasting systems, increased sophistication of human-built environments and ongoing economic and policy development deaths continue to occur in disaster situations.
This issue of Southasiadisasters.net is titled "Avoidable Deaths: A Way Ahead" and tries to highlight the importance of reducing disaster mortality. Even the global level policy instrument Sendai Framework that guides the actions of nations in disaster management has enshrined "substantial reduction disaster mortality" as a veritable target to be pursued by its 185 signatory countries. This issue explores the theme of avoidable deaths in disaster situations in an inter-disciplinary and systemic way. Disasters are often complex phenomena that impact the world in a variety of adverse ways. The possible triggers that can lead to large-scale death and destruction have been explored in this issue. This issue is also a valuable resource to researchers, practitioners and students interested in expanding their understanding on this particular theme.