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Floods again: What can be done differently? - Issue No. 159, July 2017

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As several parts of India face the fury of floods this year, it is worth examining what are reasons for India's high exposure to flooding and what can be done differently to mitigate the adverse impact of this recurrent catastrophe. There are many mitigation measures that can be adopted to reduce the debilitating impact of floods. Chiefly, district disaster management plans (DDMPs), forestry, cash transfers for flood relief, newer technology for early warning and capacity building of line departments on climate change represent an entry point to mainstream flood preparedness in the country.

This issue's contents includes: (i) Floods Again: What Can Be Done Differently in South Asia?; (ii) Floods in India in 2017; (iii) Responding to Cyclone Mora's Impact; (iv) Floods in North East India; (v) Making Dams Safer: Is there a need for a national framework for investing in Dam safety?; (vi) Women's Leadership in Forest Recovery in Nepal; (vii) DRR Road Maps of Indian States; (viii) New List of Smart Cities is a New List of Disaster Risk Reduction Opportunities and (ix) Cash Transfer in Humanitarian Action: Local Lessons for Global Use?