Stories of Impact: Building Coastal Resilience in India



• The World Bank is providing $910 million in funding to scale up risk management efforts in ten states along India’s vast coastline. This is being carried out through the two-phased National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project, as well as the Coastal Disaster Risk Reduction Project.

• ·Successful disaster risk management initiatives, some involving GFDRR support, enabled a 99.6% reduction in fatalities during Cyclone Phailin in October 2014 from a comparable cyclonic storm system 14 years prior. Cyclone Hudhud, which hit the state of Andhra Pradesh in October 2014, also only caused comparably minor loss of life due to disaster risk management practices in place.

• With GFDRR and World Bank support, India’s ten coastal states are adding over 1,500 km of new evacuation roads, 30 bridges to better connect vulnerable communities, 200 km of improvements to existing coastal embankments, and 200 km of electrical undergrounding as part of cyclone recovery and resilience efforts. In addition, over 110 of out of 905 planned cyclone shelters have been built.