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Is Air Pollution a Disaster in Indian Cities? issue no. 172, July 2018:

AIDMI's publication of is titled "Is Air Pollution a Disaster in Indian Cities?" and takes a close look at the problem of air pollution in India. It not only highlights the underlying causes of the problem of air pollution but also discusses the possible institutional and operational solutions to address this insidious risk.


It is important to remember that poverty and pollution go hand in hand. This poses a great challenge for a developing country like India which has a large population. Two-thirds of India's population still lives outside of cities, and 80 percent of these households rely on biomass like wood and dung for cooking and heating. Agricultural practices like burning crop stubble also remain widespread. Couple this with weak enforcement of anti-pollution laws and regulations in India and a clearer picture of this crisis starts to emerge. This issue also highlights success stories in addressing air pollution from different countries for. Most importantly, it shows how the triple challenges of governance, technological innovation and behavioural change need to be overcome for addressing the problem of air pollution in India effectively.

This issue's contents includes: (i) Is Air Pollution a Disaster in Indian Cities?; (ii) Air Pollution as a Disaster in Ahmedabad: A View; (iii) Early Warning Systems for Poor Air Quality: Are Poor Included in Warning?; (iv) Early Warning System for Air Pollution in Chinese Cities: A View; (v) India's Next Urban Disaster: Air Pollution?; (vi) Air Pollution: How Clean is the Air you’re Breathing Right Now?; (vii) Addressing Risk in Thermal Power Stations; (viii) Air Pollution in Urban India: City Officers and Community Views; and (ix) Waste–to–Energy from Municipal Solid Waste: Need of the Hour.

Some of the best thinkers, researchers, experts, and activists, including Mihir R. Bhatt with AIDMI Team; Mr. Arindam Upmanyu, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), Gandhinagar, Gujarat; Mr. Wei Shen, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, Brighton; Liuyang HE, International Master of Environmental Policy Program  (IMEP), Duke Kunshan University, Kunshan, Jiangsu, China; and Dr. Kunal N. Shah, Renewable Energy, Environment & Energy Efficiency (RE4) Research Wing, Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI), Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

Theme: Air Pollution, Early Warning System, Urban Disaster.

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Bridging the Gaps in Understandings of Uncertainty and Climate Change

Launch of Experience Learning Series No. 74
Climate Change has emerged to be the greatest challenges of the contemporary world. As human societies cope with the challenges of a changing climate, it is important to start a conversation over the uncertainty brought about by climate change.


The Research Council of Norway funded a project to study the same in 3 locations of India, viz. Kutch (Gujarat), Sundarbans (West Bengal) and Mumbai (Maharashtra). The idea was to broker a dialogue on climate change related uncertainty through the perspectives of diverse stakeholders at various levels. Policy makers, INGOs, at-risk local communities and academic institutions were part of the dialogue that took place. Based on the findings of the research project as well a series of roundtables, a report called “Bridging the Gaps in Understandings of Uncertainty and Climate Change” was launched at the University of Birmingham on 12th September, 2018 in presence delegates from 9 organizations spread across 3 continents

Air Pollution: The Next Disaster for Indian Cities

Launching Issue no. 172
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 11 out of the 12 most polluted cities of the world are situated in India. The All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) recognizes that air pollution is the next big risk for Indian cities and compiled the latest issue of its publication Southasiadisasters.n


et on the theme of Air Pollution in India. This publication was launched at the University of Birmingham on 12th September, 2018 in the presence of delegates from organizations like Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi), Population Council of India, Urban Management Centre (Ahmedabad) among others. This was the first step of disseminating information and knowledge of experts and practitioners on air pollution to a wider audience for building consensus in the future.

Belt and Road Plans Safer from Disasters

From any way we look at Belt and Road Plans of China, known as Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): it is the infrastructure project of the century. The “road” is mostly sea route and the “belt” is on land. It connects China with Europe via Middle East and Africa. BRI will change the economy, politics, sociology, and environment of planet earth irrevocably.


This is the biggest ever investment made in any global infrastructure project.  The scale of BRI spread is historic. How to protect BRI from storms and floods and earthquakes? And tsunami and risk of sea level rise over the coming decades? Answers to these questions are not clear to many. What is needed is an ambitious plan to reduce disaster risks faced by BRI and build its resilience to such risks. Exploratory initial research by AIDMI suggests that BRI must have Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) measures that are more flexible than ever before; uniform risk reduction measures that cover rich and poor countries at par; offer ongoing real time risk reduction assessment measures; and be open to continuous improvement in the performance of disaster risk reduction actions across BRI. By default a DRR plan for BRI will become the largest ever DRR plan ever made in this century.

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Understanding “Uncertainty” At AMCDRR 2018: Local Perspectives for Local Implementation of the Sendai Framework

Asian Ministers take up climate change related uncertainty on agenda

A special issue number 169 of is launched today (July 5, 2018) at the AMCDRR 2018, Mongolia by UN Women, UNFPA, JICA and Duryog Nivaran. It is titled “Understanding Uncertainty: Views from Kachchh, Mumbai, and Sundarbans”.


Uncertainty unfolds in many ways in the desert, delta and urban areas of Asia and this issue for the first time offers ways of thinking about uncertainty in disaster risk reduction framework.

While there is overwhelming scientific evidence establishing a causal link between anthropogenic activity and climate change, there is a degree of uncertainty on the precise impacts of this phenomenon on the environment and human society. The uncertainty induced by climate change poses a threat to the ecology, human settlements, biodiversity and economy. Greater uncertainty makes the prediction of extreme climate events like droughts, floods and extreme temperatures tougher which in turn causes problems for preparation against such contingencies. This is why climate change related uncertainty has become a great challenge to be addressed by planners, policy-makers and at-risk communities.

The Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) was established in 2005. It is a biennial conference jointly organized by different Asian countries (India, China, Thailand, Mongolia) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). AMCDRR aims planning and strengthening implementation of Asian Regional Plan (ARP) for implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR). The ARP focuses on how to reduce disaster risk at national and local levels. ARP has longer term road map of cooperation and collaboration, spanning the 15-year horizon of the SFDRR. Besides, ARP also has a two-year action plan to further DRR with specific and actionable activities. This year AMCDRR 2018 is organized at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The result of AMCDRR 2018 called Ulaanbaatar Declaration argues for translating coherence of global frameworks into policy and practices to achieve resilience at national and local levels across all sectors of society. AMCDRR 2018 suggests achieving results by strengthening governance arrangements and by providing practical guidance to ensure effective and efficient management of disaster risk.

The latest issue of on ‘Understanding Uncertainty’ is drafted by researchers from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK; Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU); Future Health System (FHS); Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai; Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR); Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA); Climate Change Department, Gujarat; Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology (GUIDE); Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT); Urban Health and Climate Resilience Centre of Excellence (UHRCE); Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA); and All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI).

The publication – – is perhaps the only ongoing initiative coordinating knowledge and capturing DRR in South Asia and Asia Pacific by the practitioners, academicians, officials, policy makers, and governments, donors, and the United Nations system members since 2005. is unique because of the contribution of over 692 writers belonging to 582 organisations from India and 39 countries, covering 17 disasters, spanning over 39 themes and 15 important national and international policy discourses. Perhaps this is the longest and largest effort to capture disaster risk reduction in action in Asia. Through the publication of 169 issues of at AMCDRR 2018, AIDMI has successfully enhanced knowledge and innovation for effective integration of uncertainty and DRR in India and beyond.

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Towards AMCDRR 2018: Ulaanbaatar

AIDMI's publication of on ‘Towards AMCDRR 2018: Ulaanbaatar’ released at AMCDRR 2018, session on Making Schools Safer in Asia, July 5, 2018, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.


Asian Early Warning Systems

AIDMI’s publication of on ‘Asian Early Warning Systems’ Launched at AMCDRR 2018 Side Event on Trans-Border Flood Early Warning System for Last Mile Connectivity, July 4, 2018 at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.



Disaster Risk Reduction in Andhra Pradesh issue no. 168, April 2018:

Andhra Pradesh is one of the most prosperous and economically robust states in India. However, the prosperity of the state is jeopardized by its enhanced vulnerability to multiple disaster and climate risks. It is vulnerable to cyclones, storm surges and floods.


The state risks being battered by cyclones of moderate to severe intensity every two to three years. Since the 1975, the state had faced more than 60 cyclones. To protect the citizens of the state from the ravages of these risks, it is important to undertake resilience building measures. This issue of takes stock of the most commendable resilience building initiatives in Andhra Pradesh taken either by the government, civil society organizations or the private sector.

This issue of is titled"Disaster Risk Reduction in Andhra Pradesh"and focuses on the theme of Safety.

This issue's contents includes: (i) Disaster Risk Reduction in Andhra Pradesh;(ii) Public—Private—Partnership in Disaster Management Vijayawada City, Andhra Pradesh; (iii) Tsunami Mock Drill in Andhra Pradesh; (iv) Disaster Risk Reduction at Sub National Level: A Case of Andhra Pradesh; (v) Disaster Management Planning in Andhra Pradesh; (vi) Implementing School Safety and Hygiene (SUCCESS); and (vii) Reaching Last Mile: A case.

Some of the best thinkers, researchers, experts, and activists, including Mihir R. Bhatt with AIDMI Team; Mr. J. Nivas, IAS, Commissioner, and Mr. Sattar S. Abdul, Project Officer, Disaster ManagementVijayawada Municipal Corporation,GOI–UNDP DM Project, Vijaywada; Mr. FaiselIliyash, Disaster Management Expert, APDRP, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh; Mr. AshwinLingaiah,Capacity Building Officer, APSDMA,Guntur, Andhra Pradesh; Mr. NagendraBiyani,Joint Director, Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department, Hyderabad, Government of Andhra Pradesh; and Mr. Guru Dutt, Convener,Coastal Area Disaster Mitigation Efforts, Andhra Pradesh.

Theme: Disaster Risk Reduction, Disaster Management, Plan, School Safety.

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India Accelerates in Building Resilience issue no. 167, April 2018:

This issue of is titled"Chhattisgarh Reduces Risks and Builds Resilience". It highlights the key lessons and experiences of various stakeholders (both government and non-government) in taking concerted actions to build the resilience of Chhattisgarh against the aforementioned risks.<


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Chhattisgarh has been identified as one of the richest biodiversity habitats in India and has one of the most dense forest covers in the country. It is also the 10th largest state in terms of geographical area, the third largest in terms of forest area and has the second largest mineral reserves. These advantages has boosted the rapid growth and urbanization to holds the top rank in terms of development expenditure to GSDP ratio.

However, the state is exposed to multiple disaster and climate risks. This is evidenced by the increasing incidence of floods, drought, road accidents, fire, industrial accidents, man animal conflicts etc. with each passing year. Thus, it is important to protect the economic prosperity, ecological bounty and social diversity of this state from the ravages of disasters and emergencies.

This issue's contents includes: (i) Safe Chhattisgarh: Risk and Resilience; (ii) School Safety Scenario, Chhattisgarh; (iii) Child Centered Disaster Risk Assessment; (iv) Emerging Disaster But Yet To Be Termed — Heat Wave; (v) Hospital Safety Scenario in Chhattisgarh; (vi) Hazard Vulnerability Capacity Assessment: Process and Outcome; and (vii) Women Centered Disaster Risk Assessment.

Some of the best thinkers, researchers, experts, and activists, including Mihir R. Bhatt with AIDMI Team; Prasanta Dash, CFO, UNICEF, Raipur, Chhattisgarh; with Akshay Waghmare; Suresh L. Borkar; Russi Singh; Jyotirmoy Deb Goswami; Vaibhav Naresh Raut; and Renuka Poonia, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.

Theme: Risk and Resilience, School Safety, Disaster Risk Reduction, Gender.

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India Accelerates in Building Resilience issue no. 166, February 2018:

This issue of is titled "India Accelerates in Building Resilience" and tries to capture the various efforts in the form of international cooperation undertaken by India to foster resilience regionally and globally.


For instance, India's efforts to leverage cooperation with countries like Russia and Bangladesh to pursue risk reduction outcomes are meticulously documented in this issue. Similarly, positive regional developments like the endorsement of the Disaster Management Bill in Nepal have also been highlighted in this issue.

Over the past decade, India has taken considerable measures in building disaster resilience. It now boasts of a National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) that is totally aligned with the targets and priorities of the Sendai Framework. Additionally, India is also extending cooperation to regional neighbors as well other countries in reducing disaster and climate risks. Several agreements with various countries on a variety of risk reduction activities have been signed by India recently. All these activities highlight the fact that India is accelerating its efforts to build disaster resilience.

This issue's contents includes: (i) India Accelerates in Building Resilience; (ii) Delhi–Dhaka Cooperation in Risk Reduction; (iii) India–Russia Coordinated Action on DRR; (iv) Nepal Endorses Disaster Risk Reduction Bill; (v) Potential Areas of Using Social Science To Reduce Disaster Risks In India; (vi) Rains in Chennai, 2017: A Historic View; (vii) Amadora Local Campaign — Making Cities Resilient; (viii) Unlikely Nuclear Disaster: Likely Preparedness Planning;and (ix) Facebook Steps up Efforts for Disaster Response in India.

Some of the best thinkers, researchers, experts, and activists, including Mihir R. Bhatt with AIDMI Team; Shabana Khan, World Social Science Fellow, ISSC and Director, Indian Research Academy, New Delhi; SubirDey, Assistant Professor (Ad hoc), Department of History, University of Delhi; Luis Carvalho, Civil Protection Chief, Municipal Commander, Amadora, Portugal; and Gautam Kamath, Public Policy Manager - India, South Asia & Central Asia, Facebook.

Disaster Risk Reduction, Making Cities Resilient, Disaster Response, Social Media.

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Knowledge Resources for Comprehensive School Safety and Security in India issue no. 165, January 2018:

This issue of is titled "Knowledge Resources for Comprehensive School Safety and Security in India". It focuses on the innovations in service delivery and the lessons learnt in carrying out the Comprehensive School Safety and Security Programme (CSSSP) in India.


A collaboration between UNICEF and many state governments, the CSSSP is unique as it has focused not only on addressing disaster risk reduction (DRR) concerns but also child protection concerns.

As the CSSSP has been rolled out in 5 states of India, a lot of lessons on programme design, delivery, stakeholder management, scaling-up and sustainability have been learnt. This issue is a compendium of such lessons that have been captured as knowledge resources to aid other government and non-government actors who intend to start similar programmes in India to improve the safety and security of it's children.

India is home to 1.5 million schools with more than 250 million students, making it a country with one of the highest number of students in the world. It is a well-known fact that India's vulnerability to natural hazards cascades down to its schools and adversely affects the safety and security of its school going children. Apart from natural hazards, the risk of violence, sexual abuse, exploitation and neglect also loom large on these children. In order to protect this large part of its demographic from various risks, many school safety initiatives have been launched in India.

This issue's contents includes:(i) Emerging Knowledge on CSSSP in India; (ii) Comprehensive School Safety and Security Programme: Legislative Framework and Further Actions; (iii) India and ASEAN: Partners in Making Asia Safer; (iv) Risk Reduction Opportunities for Indian Cities; (v) Shaping Green Climate Fund Policies; (vi) Regional Capacity Development: Five Action Areas; (vii) Financing Integrated Governance of Risks; and (viii) WMO, Climate Change and Children: A View.

Theme: School Safety, Risk Reduction, Climate Change, Capacity Development.

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Knowledge Resources for Child Centered Disaster Risk Reduction in India issue no. 164, November 2017:

This issue of is titled"Knowledge Resources for Child Centered Disaster Risk Reduction in India".It is a veritable compilation of enshrined practices, lessons learnt and innovations that have taken place in India and in South Asia on the issue of protecting children from disasters.<


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Exposure to natural hazards and ensuing disasters add another dimension of distress and deprivation to the already precarious lives of the children in India. Due to their physical, mental and social condition, Children bear a disproportionate burden of the impacts of disasters. Some of the adverse impacts of disasters on children include death, injury, disruption of education, separation from parents and caregivers, psychological trauma, trafficking, violence, trafficking and sexual abuse.

This issue's contents includes: (i) Region Knowledge Networking and CCDRR; (ii) Disaster Risk Reduction in Pune — Children Play a Key Role; (iii) Brazil's Experience in Data Management and Data Sharing for Monitoring and Early Warning for Natural Disasters; (iv) National School Safety Program: Reflections; (v) Char Areas in Assam: Risk Assessment Tools for Women and Children; (vi) Youth Leadership: Source of Energy for Building Community Resilience; (vii) Disasters and the Displacement of Children: A View; (viii) School as a Key to Reducing People Affected by Disasters by 2030;and (ix) Migratory Crossroads in Africa: The Story of Joy.

Some of the best thinkers, researchers, experts, and activists, including Mihir R. Bhatt with AIDMI Team; Christian Barthelt, Senior Project Manager, Munich Re Foundation, Germany; Osvaldo L. Moraes, National Centre for Monitoring and Early Warning of Natural Disasters São José dos Campos, Brazil; Marie Karleskind and Alberto Preato, IOM - UN Migration Agency, Niger, Africa.

Theme: Child Centred Disaster Risk Reduction, Region Knowledge Networking, Monitoring and Early Warning for Natural Disasters, National School Safety Program, Risk Assessment, Building Community Resilience.

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Long Term Disaster Recovery in Kashmir issue no. 163, October2017:

This issue of is titled "Long Term Disaster Recovery in Kashmir".It contains many insights from practitioners and academics from different areas who have focused their attention on rebuilding Jammu and Kashmir after the devastating floods of 2014.


Often dubbed as the most severe flood to hit the state in over 100 years, the havoc wreaked by these floods affected close to 550,000 people. The Indian state as well as the international community were quick to respond to the crisis that followed this disaster. Devoting massive financial and human resources, many long term recovery initiatives have been started in the state. This issue is a compilation of such initiatives that capture the many facets of Kashmir's complex long term recovery process to "Build Back Better".

This issue's contents includes: (i) Disaster Recovery in Kashmir: Five Lessons for Himalayan States of India; (ii) How Kashmir is Implementing Disaster Risk Reduction Projects; (iii) Kashmir Recovery: A Habitat View; (iv) Lessons from Jammu and Kashmir Earthquake and Floods; (v) Pattan in Kashmir Recovery: Sectarian and Political Biases weakened Community Cohesion; (vi) Community Involvement and Leadership by Women; (vii) Kashmir Flood Recovery: Achievements of NDMA; (viii) DRR Road Map for Himalayas; (ix) Long Term Disaster Recovery in Kashmir; and (x) Srinagar Flood Recovery — What Worked And Why?

Some of the best thinkers, researchers, experts, and activists, including Mihir R. Bhatt with AIDMI Team; Aamir Ali Mir, Srinagar,Jammu and Kashmir; Lara Shankar Chandra, Director, Strategic Management Unit, Habitat for Humanity India, Mumbai; Abha Mishra, UNDP, India; Sarwar Bari, National Coordinator,Pattan Development Organisation, Islamabad, Pakistan; Koji Suzuki, Executive Director, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED), Japan; and Dr. Henna Hejazi,Program Manager, J&K Flood Response, Sphere India, New Delhi.

Theme: DisasterRecovery, Disater Risk Reduction, Women Leadership, Earthquake, Flood.

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School Safety and Security: Reflections issue no. 162, September2017:

This issue of is titled "School Safety and Security: Reflections" and deals with this important theme in extensive detail. This issue highlights how different stakeholders including the government, teachers, students and various civil society organizations (CSOs) are coming up with various innovations to protect India's large school going citizens.


This issue contains articles from reputed academics, practitioners and experts who have worked on the theme of School Safety and Security.

This issue's contents includes: (i) School Safety and Security: Reflections; (ii) Hydrology and Drought: India's Priorities; (iii) Assam is Reeling Under Floods Again, Here are 4 Key Problems faced by Children; (iv) Children and Youth as Game Changers in DRR and CCA in the Philippines; (v) Flood Durable Shelters in Assam; (vi) Disaster Risk Resilience through Sustainable Development–A Case of Building Construction Materials; (vii) Links between Uncertainty and Transformation; (viii) Child Protection in India; (ix) Heat Wave and Human Suffering: Building a Case for Further Research and Policy Debate; (x) Need for Peri–Urban Planning Course in South–Asia and (xi)Harnessing Satellite Technology for Smart Climate Risk Transfer Solutions.

Some of the best thinkers, researchers, experts, and activists, including Mihir R. Bhatt with AIDMI Team; Dr.  R. P. Pandey, Scientist G, National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee, and Dr. Surya Parkash, Associate Professor, National Institute of Disaster Management, New Delhi; AmritSangma, Officer-PR & Communications, Caritas India,New Delhi; Fatima Gay J. Molina andJesusa Grace J. Molina, Centre for Disaster Preparedness, Philippines; Mr. Netaji Basumatary, Regional Manager, North-East India, IGSSS, Guwahati, Assam; Mr. Chandra Bhakuni, Structural Engineer, Ahmedabad, Gujarat; D. Parthasarathy, Professor, Humanities and Social SciencesIndian Institute of Technology, Mumbai; Ms. ShakuntalaPratihary, PhD Scholar, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha; Alka Bharat, Professor, Department of Architecture & Planning, MANIT, Bhopal, India; and KamolTaukitphaisarn, Expert, Better Rice Initiative Asia (BRIA), Thailand.

Theme: School Safety, Child Protection, Heat Wave, Urban Planning, Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction.

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Humanitarian Studies Conference 2018

The 5th bi-annual conference of the International Humanitarian Studies Association will take place in The Hague, The Netherlands from 27 to 29 August 2018.The overall theme of this year’s conference is: 
(Re-)Shaping Boundaries in Crisis and Crisis Response. 
Crisis and humanitarianism has always been about boundaries.


The classic view of a crisis is an exceptional moment, bounded in time and space. Humanitarian action was therefore seen as a necessarily limited endeavor which has a narrow but principled focus on saving lives and alleviating suffering. Setting clear boundaries around crisis were meant to distinguish crisis from normality and legitimate extraordinary measures to accommodate its effects. 

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India Floods 2017 issue no. 161, August 2017:

This issue of is titled "India Floods 2017" and focuses on how the floods in 2017 have affected different regions of country and the damage suffered by them. It also tries to examine India's underlying vulnerability to floods which has been exacerbated in recent years mainly due to unplanned development, high population density & settlement of people in flood plains, old infrastructure, weak river embankments and also increase in extreme ev


ents, including high rainfall in a short duration.

This issue analyses these repeated incidents of flooding in the country through a systemic lens that takes an interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral perspective of  India's flooding problem.

This issue's contents includes: (i) Floods as an Opportunity; (ii) Note on Flood Situation; (iii) India Floods 2017; (iv) Floods in Bihar in 2017; (v) Mumbai Deluge and the Civil Society; (vi) Floods in Assam in 2017; (vii) A Tale of Two Cities: Flooding in Houston and Mumbai — Time to Learn? (viii) When Nature Rears its Head: Flash Flooding, and The Loss of Lakes in Bengaluru (ix) Resilient Water? (x) Floods, Sanitation and Access to Clean Water and (xi) Micro Insurance for Floods.

Some of the best thinkers, researchers, experts, and activists, including Mihir R. Bhatt with AIDMI Team; Rajesh Bhat, Managing Trustee, Swapath Trust, Ahmedabad; Hans Nicolai Adam, Lyla Mehta, and D. Parthasarathy, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK; Dr. Hita Unnikrishnan, Assistant Professor of Conservation Science, Trans-Disciplinary University and Dr. Harini Nagendra, Professor of Sustainability, Azim Premji University Bengaluru.

Theme: Floods Opportunity, Resilient Water, Sanitation, Micro Insurance.

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Celebrating the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR)

The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), held on 13th October every year celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters. The 2017 edition continues under the "Sendai Seven" campaign, centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework.


This year's focus is Target B: Reducing the number of affected people by disasters by 2030.

On October 13, 2017 the All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) was graciously invited to be a part of the IDDR celebrations at the Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority’s office. The APSDMA marked the IDDR by launching its new organizational website. It was also an occasion to take stock on how well Andhra Pradesh was addressing various disaster risk reduction opportunities in the state.

The celebrations and presentations were chaired by Dr. Manmohan Singh, Special Secretary Revenue (DM) Department, while Mr. M. V. Sheshagiri Babu, MD, APSDMA facilitated the proceedings. AIDMI which is collaborating with the APSDMA in preparing a Road Map for the Implementation of Sendai Framework in Andhra Pradesh, participated wholeheartedly in these celebrations and meetings. The principal concerns expressed by AIDMI were the urgent need to focus on the state of women and children while preparing for or responding to disasters. The celebrations and deliberations ended with concrete action points on how best to proceed to make Andhra Pradesh, truly disaster resilient.

Youth Leadership: Source of Energy for Building Community Resilience

The All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) has always embraced the idea of youth leadership in the field of disaster risk reduction (DRR). Since 1987, AIDMI has been consistently inviting students (from 33 countries) and fresh graduates to work on local aspects of DRR across all levels of key action.


Till date, 121 students have worked with AIDMI as interns or team members. By working with the policy makers, practitioners, partners and critics involved in the DRR sector of South Asia, these interns have promoted youth leadership in the changing landscape of humanitarian action in the region. They offer fresh and new ideas and pick up work that often seems insurmountable.

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School as a Key to Reducing People Affected by Disasters by 2030

All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) is celebrating the IDDR 2017 by capturing lessons from the last 12 months actions with 1471 schools to promote and strengthen safe education that saves lives and reduces the number of affected people by any disasters (including local and climate related risks - accident, heat waves, or heavy rains in the case of schools). 

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Transformation: Initiatives Towards Resilience issue no. 160, August 2017:

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?

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et is titled 'Transformation: Initiatives Towards Resilience’ offers an unusual range of such examples from India, prevalent not only in this country but all across South Asia.

This issue's contents includes: (i) Transformation: Initiatives Towards Resilience; (ii) Achievements of IMD in Heatwave Warning; (iii) Heatwave and Cities: How Karachi Leads; (iv) Role of GUIDE in Disasters, Natural Resource Management and Habitat Conservation; (v) Gujarat Long Term Recovery; (vi) Building Climate Resilient Communities in India; and (vii) Harnessing the Strengths and Capabilities of Emergency Responders.

Some of the best thinkers, researchers, experts, and activists, including Mihir R. Bhatt with AIDMI Team; Dr. M. Mohapatra, Scientist, India Meteorological Department, New Delhi; Dr. Nasir Javed, CEO, Dr. Kiran Farhan, Project Leader, Nasira Ahsan, Senior Research Analyst, Urban Unit Team; Dr. V. Vijay Kumar, Director, and Dr. Anjankumar Prusty, Senior Scientist Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology, Bhuj-Kutch, Gujarat; Bhavesh Sodagar, Mandvi - Kutch, Gujarat; Dr. Aliza Pradhan and R. V. Bhavani, MSSRF, Chennai; and Rajib Prakash Baruah, Assam Secretariat, Dispur, Assam State Disaster Management Authority.

Theme: Transformation, Uncertainty, Recovery, Climate Change, Capabilities.

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Floods Again: What Can Be Done Differently? issue no. 159, July 2017:

Floods are the most common disaster in India. According to the World Resources Institute (WRI), India tops the list of 163 nations affected by river floods in terms of number of people. As several parts of the country 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. This issue of is titled 'Foods Agai


n: What Can be Done Differently' and examines all these issues.

There are several reasons for India's enhanced vulnerability to floods. For instance, the county receives 75% of its entire rainfall over a short monsoon season (June-September). Similarly, 12% of India's land area is considered prone to floods which makes flooding a perennial phenomenon in at least five Indian states of Assam, Bihar, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. More importantly, due to the advantages offered by living close to rivers, there has been a historic trend of overpopulation in India's floodplains. Climate change has compounded this problem even more. All these factors interplay with each other to precipitate regular flooding in the country to disrupt the lives of 4.85 million India's every year.

However, there are a lot of mitigation measures that can be adopted to reduce the debilitating impact of floods in India. 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. Read on to know more.

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

Theme: Floods, Cyclone Mora, Dame Safety, Women's Leadership, DRR Road Maps, Disaster Risk Reduction, Cash Transfer.

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Crowd Management in India issue no. 158, July 2017:

Why should crowds must always be managed and controlled and not facilitated and enabled? To know more read this issue.

This issue of is titled 'Crowd Management in India' and focuses on the important theme of controlling and managing crowds at mass gatherings in India.


It discusses important issues related with crowd management ranging from what causes stampedes and what can be done to prevent them. Behavioral factors like the high tolerance for crowded spaces among Indians leading to higher cases of stampedes have also been discussed in the issue.

Stamped shave been a recurring phenomenon in India. Tragedies of people being trampled to death have taken place at religious gatherings, mass processions, election rallies and even at music concerts. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a total of 3216 incidents of stampede have taken place in India between 2001 and 2014, leading to 2421 casualties. Moreover, 79% of all such stampedes in India occur at places of worship. The high incidence of such stampedes in India highlights the need for effective crowd management in the country.

At the institutional level, stampedes are often seen as isolated events caused by the excesses of a frenzied crowd to be dealt by successive governments by offering compensation to the families of victims. This issue tries to build a new narrative around stampedes attributing them to systemic gaps in the country's crowd management capacities and suggest ways of bridging this gap.

This issue's contents includes: (i) Understanding Crowds; (ii) BSDMA and Crowd Management; (iii) Crowd sourced Potential for Disaster; (iv) Planning and Recovery in Nepal: Key Local Concepts; (v) Drought Policy in India: An Alternative Paradigm; (vi) Maha Kumbh Allahabad – Lesson and Learning for India; (vii) Crowd Management in Dahod District, Gujarat; (viii) Bhadrapadi Fair in Ambaji and (ix) The Necessity of Crowd Management at Religious Places.

Some of the best thinkers, researchers, experts, and activists, including Mihir R. Bhatt with AIDMI Team; Anil Kumar Sinha; Former Vice Chairman, BSDMA, Bihar; Dipak Gyawali, Chair, Nepal Water Conservation Foundation; Col V N Supanekar (Retd), Director & Professor, Center for Disaster Management, YASHADA, Pune; Dr. Bhanu Pratap Mall, Executive Secretary, Poorvanchal Gramin Vikas Sansthan (PGVS), Lucknow; Pravinsinh Rathod, Ex-DPO, Collector Office, GSDMA, Dahod; and Nirmal Sharma, Ex-DPO, GSDMA, Palanpur.

Theme: Crowd Management, Planning and Recovery, Lesson and Learning, Kumbh Mela

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Making Dams Safer: Investing in Dam Safety

As the SSD project stands completed after 56 years of its inception, perhaps it is time for a little introspection. We should introspect on how to make the SSD resilient to the various climate and disaster risks so that the gains that it delivers to the people are safeguarded. What is needed is a framework to reduce disaster risks faced by SSD.


Under the leadership of NCA, GSDMA, and NDMA, the SSD can become India's first SFDRR compliant dam.

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School Safety from Plan to Implementation of School Disaster Management Plan

Participants were seen with high enthusiasm and interest to carry forward the learning from the two day training on “School Safety” at Sishu NirmalaBhawan, Guwahati from June 12-13, 2017, organized by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) and facilitated by AIDMI. As schools are critical infrastructure entrusted with the responsibility of creating citizens of tomorrow.


A safe and secure environment is a prerequisite for effective teaching and learning.

Participants showed a keen interest in the entire training and came out with various ways and methods which enhanced School Safety and the development of the School Disaster Management Plan. Each participant actively carried out the tasks assigned during the training period.

While Responding to Mora Cyclone

Responding to Cyclone Mora's Impact
As Cyclone Mora made landfall at Cox's Bazaar in Bangladesh, I could think of no better book than "People, Aid and Institutions in Socio-economic Recovery Facing Fragilities". As this cyclone ravages through the lives and livelihoods of the fragile communities living on the borders between Bangladesh and Myanmar, this book offers many valuable lessons to plan an effective recovery. The detailed and rigorous research in this recently published book is o


f immediate value to those who fund, receive, deliver, and who may oppose relief.

Although the book is not about Bangladesh or Myanmar and does not exclusively focus on cyclone relief, the ethnographic case studies presented in it offer useful lenses to view the day-to-day process of relief and recovery in fragile communities suffering sudden and additional loss or damage.  Cyclone Mora also presents an opportunity to humanitarian actors around the world to make the 'Grand Bargain' of the latest World Humanitarian Summit a reality. This book can provide a robust roadmap for doing so. The response to Cyclone Mora related loss and damage has to be more embedded, offered with more humility and pursued  in the development direction desired by the local citizens. This response also needs to be pushed away from universal standards and standard operational procedures to address case sensitive decisions that are people centric.

Cyclone Mora offers an opportunity to reduce risk and build prosperity among the affected communities and citizens. For this purpose, it is imperative to put knowledge into action especially in humanitarian action, otherwise its value stands to be diminished.

Synergy for Sustainable Cox Bazar

How best to rebuild Cox's Bazar, as Cyclone Mora ravages through this small the town? G.K. Bhat of TARU offers a first step in his recent book "Road to Resilience: Synergy for Sustainable Cities". Let me pick up four most important actions for those who are planning humanitarian response: one, reduce per capita water demand; two, leap to renewable energy; three invent low carbon mobility; and four reduce quantity of solid waste that needs management.


A town that addresses all these concerns will be a big leap towards the first resilient city of Bangladesh. Government of India will be supporting its neighbour in its hour of crisis by providing sustainable inputs in this direction.


Implementing Cancun Agenda in South Asia issue no. 157, May 2017:

This issue of focuses on the ‘Implementing Cancun Agenda in South Asia' and highlights the important concerns which the Global Platform should address to achieve resilience outcomes. The chief themes highlighted in this issue include the need for good subnational plans, a renewed focus on cities in terms of resilient housing and extreme weather events, leveraging of technology to help the marginalized and use and challenges of localized planning in achie


ving the mandate of SFDRR.

As the 6th edition of this important platform, GPDRR 2017 can pave the way for a stronger and more sustainable movement to reduce disaster risk worldwide that leads to increased responsibility for strengthening resilience to disasters.

This issue's contents includes: (i) Implementing Cancun Agenda in South Asia; (ii) DRR Roadmap of Bihar: Global Learning Opportunities; (iii) LOCALISATION: Where Are the National Actors in the Debate?; (iv) Planning and Recovery in Nepal: Key Local Concepts; (v) Drought Policy in India: An Alternative Paradigm; (vi) Risk Reduction in Informal Housing within Cities through Digital Tools; (vii) Crop Insurance for Better Uptake; (viii) Increasing Resilience through Build Back Better; (ix) Urban Disaster Risk Reduction in Humanitarian Response; (x) Why there can be no Universal Minimum Standards for Cities!; (xi) Heatwave in Jabalpur: A View; and (xii) The Role of Architects in Building Urban Disaster Resilience.

Some of the best thinkers, researchers, experts, and activists, including Mihir R. Bhatt with AIDMI Team; Vyas Ji, Vice Chairman, BSDMA, Bihar; Koenraad Van Brabant, Independent consultant, Switzerland; Prof. Dr. Govind, Member, National Planning Commission, Government of Nepal; Aviral Pandey, Assistant Professor, A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna, Bihar, India; Marco Ferrario and Swati Janu, mHS City Lab, New Delhi; Dr. David M. Dror, Chairman, Micro Insurance Academy and Exec Chairman, Social Re Consultancy; Gerald Potutan, International Recovery Platform Secretariat; Bhaswar Banerjee, Oxfam India; Joohi Haleem, Humanitarian and development practitioner specialized in livelihoods and urban development, Brussels; Sangita Goswami; and David Smith, Architect, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway.

Theme: GPDRR, Disaster Risk Reduction, Heatwave, Urban Development, Risk Resilience.

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Local Capacity Building for Safer Schools issue no. 156, May 2017:

This issue of is taken up the most important theme that needs wider discussion and support at Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held at Cancun, Maxico.' Building Capacity for School Safety: ASDMA's School Safety Initiative'.


Taking note of the need to enhance school safety in the state, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has launched a massive capacity building initiative aimed to train the teachers of selected schools across the state on how to manage the risks in their respective schools. This issue contains an overview of this initiative, its main achievements and the lessons learnt.

By showcasing the success of capacity building school safety initiatives in Assam, this issue puts forward a strong case for replicating and upscaling these interventions in others parts of India as well.

Assam is one of the most hazard prone states in the Indian union which is exposed to the risks of large earthquakes (as it lies in seismic zone V), incessant flooding and concomitant erosion, landslides and storms. Children bear a disproportionate burden of the adverse impacts of these hazards when they materialize into disasters. For instance, during the Assam floods of 2012, more than half the affected people were children. The detrimental impacts of such disasters are reflected in the dwindling trend noticed in several child welfare indices. In the exigent times brought on by disasters, children's access to quality education is severely inhibited. This underscores the need for pursuing the ideal of school safety in the state.

This issue's contents includes: (i) Capacity Building for Safer Schools; (ii) Promoting Disaster Resilient Education in Assam; (iii) School Safety Efforts in Assam; (iv) Quotes from Participants; (v) DRR Education to make Hospitals Safer; (vi) Training and Capacity Building for Nurses for Hospital Preparedness and Resilience to Disaster and Climate Risks in Education.

Some of the best thinkers, researchers, experts, and activists, including Mihir R. Bhatt with AIDMI Team; Surgeon Commander Chandrasekhar Krishnamurti, M.D., Associate Professor, NRI Institute of Medical Sciences, Visakhapatnam; and Mrs. Sanghamitra Sawant, Assistant Secretary General, Trained Nurses Association of India.

Theme: Capacity Building, Safer Schools, Disaster Risk Reduction, Urban Development, Disaster and Climate Resilience.

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Enabling Communities to Manage Risks: Community Based Disaster Preparedness issue no. 155, April 2017:

This issue of focuses on the most important theme of Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held at Cancun, Maxico. Community Based Disaster Preparedness: Enabling Communities to Manage Risks '. It primarily focuses on how CBDP can empower communities to manage their risks through 'locally owned' and 'locally appropriate' approaches.


The key lessons from ASDMA's recently finished capacity building project on CBDP have also been highlighted in this issue. The rationale behind promoting CBDP is that communities are the first responders of a disaster, therefore they should be given the necessary training to mitigate and manage their risks.

Moreover, given the dynamic nature of risk, CBDP makes for a more relevant, inclusive, bottom-up and effective approach to disaster risk reduction. This issue is also a compendium of the emerging areas like climate risks and how they impact communities at the local level. Capacity building for CBDP can also be viewed as the democratization DRR by enabling communities to build their own resilience using approaches best suited to them.

The impacts of disasters can be broadly categorized as direct and as indirect. Direct impacts refer to quantifiable losses such as the number of people killed and the damage to buildings, infrastructure and natural resources. Indirect impacts, in contrast, include declines in output or revenue, and impact on wellbeing of people, and generally arise from disruptions to the flow of goods and services as a result of a disaster. The contextual and localized nature of indirect impacts make it difficult to control them. One possible way of controlling them is through Community Based Disaster Preparedness (CBDP).

This issue's contents includes: (i) Mainstreaming Communities in DRR; (ii) Community Based Disaster Preparedness; (iii) Corporate Social Responsibility as a Response to Disaster Risk Management; (iv) Capacity Development and Context of DRR-CCA in Assam; (v) Sustainable Urban Development through Integrating Disaster and Climate Resilience in Assam; (vi) ISET: Initiatives in Community Based Disaster Risk Management in India (vii) Building Back Better – Case of 2001 Gujarat Earthquake and Integrating Resilience to Health Sector. 

Some of the best thinkers, researchers, experts, and activists, including Mihir R. Bhatt with AIDMI Team; Dr. Ramesh Vaghani, Head, and Mrs. Kruti Mehta, Faculty, Department of Social Work, Saurashtra University; Kishore Dutta, ASDMA; Abrina Williams, Social Media Correspondent, ISET–International, USA; and Chirag Bhatt, Bhuj Area Development Authority (BHADA), Gujarat.

Theme: Community Based Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation, Urban Development, Health

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Roundtable Discussion on Scaling up Renewable Energy Finance in India

Mihir R. Bhatt participated in the Roundtable Discussion “Scaling up Renewable Energy Finance in India”, May 17, 2017, Delhi, to highlight the need to better link the green bonds with green banking and green banking with green growth of India. He drew from over six local consultations on NDCimplementationacross India conducted by CDKN in costal and Himalaya areas; urban,smart, and sectorial planning at state level; and with livelihoods, women’s income private sector groups. He pointed out that green finance needs green growth;


that “green knowledge” and in yet to be captured in India and “green capabilities” are much in demand at sub-national level. There is a growing need for international cooperation to design and develop green finance in India so as what growsin India is in harmony with worldwide green finance initiatives.

Entwine Global Leaders visit to the Ahmedabad city

May 16, 2017, Ahmedabad. Entwine Global Leaders visit to the city was first of its kind to promote collaborative learning across 12 countries from Americas, Africa and Asia. The learning focused around emergency response, safer schools, risk transfer, and integration of Disaster Risk Reduction with Climate Change Adaptation in the development process.


“AIDMI is at the forefront of new ideas,” said Josh from Israel.  Lateral learning products and tools are planned to enhance risk reduction performance on the ground. A three year plan is being made for 2017 to 2020 to put people in the center of disaster and climate risk reduction.

Karimganj Emergency Management Exercise (KEMEx) 2017

A five day long Emergency Management Exercise (KEMEx) was organised at Karimganj by DDMA from April 24 – 28. 2017. AIDMI invited to join the EMEx to facilitate “School Disaster Preparedness” track and supporting the conduct of table top exeraise and field drill..


Are We Building Back Better

Share your comments and feedback on the South Asia Disaster Report 2016

Coinciding with the Nepal earthquake of 2015, and in appreciation of the heroic efforts to rebuild Nepal, Duryog Nivaran together with Practical Action Nepal, launches the South Asia Disaster Report 2016 (SADR 2016) today, the 26th of April.


This edition of the SADR concentrates on Build Back Better (BBB) and continues a Duryog Nivaran tradition of promoting new and alternative disaster management measures to improve resilience of vulnerable communities. It speaks of intiatives by citizens, the state and development practitioners in South Asian countries who have led the way in improving actions for rehabilitation and recovery in South Asia.

In an effort to improve the report and its recommendations for use throughout South Asia, we appeal to you, to provide your comments and feedback.

The full report can be found here and separate links to each chapter can be found here. Bangladesh | India | Nepal | Pakistan | Sri Lanka | Cultural Heritage 

Comments will be accepted until the 26th of June – please email your comments to: 

Duryog Nivaran thanks Christian Aid for their support towards making this publication a possibility.