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Backgrounders

Disasters : Background & Perspective

By Vinod C Menon and Shirish Kavad

India is the worst-affected theatre of disaster in the South Asian region. Drought, floods, earthquakes and cyclones devastate the country with grim regularity. More than 11,000 lives were lost in the December 2004 tsunami, 10,000 were killed in the Orissa supercycl...

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Analysis

'With the Kosi embankments we have tied a snake around our necks'

By Rashme Sehgal

The Kosi has always flooded, says water and disaster management expert Dinesh Kumar Mishra, but it has never caused such devastation. In this interview he explains why structural measures will never provide a foolproof solution against floods and why we should go back to traditional w...

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Features

Valleys in despair: Beyond the reopening of Kedarnath Yatra

Valleys in despair: Beyond the reopening of Kedarnath Yatra

By Sunandita Mehrotra

Though the Kedarnath route has been reopened, major issues of rehabilitation and basic survival are being neglected: thousands of families still have no clue how to manage basic livelihoods in the region

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Reports

Making migration an informed choice

Nearly 30 million people in the Asia Pacific region were displaced by environmental disasters in 2010. Given the inevitability of increased migration caused by climate change, humanitarian assistance and legal protection are not sufficient responses. This ADB Briefing Paper suggests it is a good ide...

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Changemakers

Kolkata slumdwellers break down the walls that divide

Kolkata slumdwellers break down the walls that divide

By Rajashri Dasgupta

The very residents of the Panchanantala slum in Kolkata who are considered a nuisance by the occupants of the high-rises that surround them, who are periodically threatened with eviction and turned away even in emergencies by the specialty AMRI Hospital next door to them, risked t...

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