With a population of more than 1.2 billion, India is the world’s largest democracy. Over the past decade, the country’s integration into the global economy has been accompanied by economic growth. India has now emerged as a global player.
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The Stories of Impact series highlights work involving the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) that has helped to reduce developing countries' vulnerability to natural... Show More + hazards and build communities' resilience.Stakeholders Engage to Build Belize's Climate ResilienceFacing the risk of climate-related disasters, Belize is working to improve its resilience by transforming the country’s approach to economic and social development with a national plan that cuts across all sectors. Read moreManaging Drought, Sustaining Growth in DjiboutiDjibouti is at particular risk for water shortages and severe flooding, both of which profoundly impact its growing but fragile economic sector. GFDRR is helping the country build resilience. Read moreEnhancing Seismic Preparedness in IstanbulA disaster preparedness program supported by the World Bank Group and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery has helped earthquake-vulnerable Istanbul retrofit Show Less -
About 120,000 people in the state will benefit from disaster resilient houses with better capacity to manage and respond to disastersNEW DELHI, July 11, 2014 – The Government of India, the Government of... Show More + Odisha and the World Bank today signed a $153 million credit agreement to help the state build disaster resilient houses, improve the slums and city level infrastructure as well as strengthen its capacity for disaster risk management, following a severe cyclone that hit the state last year.The credit agreement for the project was signed by Nilaya Mitash, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, on behalf of the Government of India; Upendra Nath Behera, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Finance, Government of Odisha, on behalf of the Government of Odisha; and Michael Haney, Acting Country Director and Operations Adviser for World Bank in India, on behalf of the World Bank.“This project will focus on both reconstruction and disaster preparedness. It wi Show Less -
The additional financing will restore RWSS services for over a million rural peopleWASHINGTON, March 04, 2014 – The World Bank today approved an additional financing of $24 million credit for the Uttarakhand... Show More + Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS) Project to help the state restore the services of the damaged RWSS schemes in the disaster affected areas of Uttarakhand.The additional financing will support the on-going Uttarakhand Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project to reconstruct and restore RWSS schemes that were partially damaged following the severe floods and landslides that occurred in June 2013.The closing date for the ongoing project will now be extended by 18 months from June 16, 2014 to December 31, 2015.The additional financing will reconstruct both schemes damaged under the ongoing project as well as older schemes which are not part of the ongoing project. It will finance the reconstruction and restoration of an estimated 2,622 damaged Single Village Schemes and 579 Mul Show Less -
About 2,500 permanent disaster resilient houses to be built and about 3,600 km of roads to be reconstructedNEW DELHI - The government of India, the government of Uttarakhand and the World Bank today... Show More + signed a $250 million credit agreement for the Uttarakhand Disaster Recovery Project to support the state in its post disaster recovery plans as well as strengthen its capacity for disaster risk management.The credit agreement for the project was signed by Nilaya Mitash, joint secretary, department of economic affairs, ministry of finance, on behalf of the government of India; Rakesh Sharma, additional chief secretary, on behalf of the government of Uttarakhand and Onno Ruhl, World Bank country director, India on behalf of the World Bank.“In keeping with the government of India’s commitment to disaster risk mitigation at the national and state levels, this project will focus on the post disaster recovery plans in Uttarakhand as well as improve th Show Less -
In the month of June this year, Uttarakhand, endowed with vast natural resources and one of the most frequented tourist and pilgrimage destinations in India, suffered unprecedented rainfall, devastating... Show More + the towns of Kedarnath, Rambara, Gaurikund and others.The World Bank team fast tracked its preparation to help the state in its post disaster recovery plans as well as strengthen its capacity for disaster risk management.Read an interview with World Bank country director in India, Onno Ruhl, where he emphasizes the need to build back smarter so that the state’s fragile mountain environment is not undermined.Q. What are the key components being supported under the Uttarakhand Disaster Recovery Project?Disasters such as the one that struck Uttarakhand recently can roll back decades of development. Our new project–Uttarakhand Disaster Recovery Project–will focus on helping the state government with both immediate relief and reconstruction efforts as well as in disaster preparedness.While t Show Less -
About 2,500 permanent disaster resilient houses to be built and about 3,600 km of roads to be reconstructedWASHINGTON, October 25, 2013 – A $250 million credit to the state of Uttarakhand in India was... Show More + approved by the World Bank Board of Executive Directors today to help the state in its post disaster recovery plans as well as strengthen its capacity for disaster risk management.In order to respond in a timely manner, the project was fast-tracked under the World Bank’s emergency procedures and was prepared within a 3-month period.A Joint World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) team conducted a Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment (JRDNA) at the request of the government of India to rebuild the state’s infrastructure and assets lost in the June disaster. The JRDNA, conducted in close collaboration with the government of Uttarakhand, estimated the physical damages across a range of sectors and calculated the cost of reconstruction at about $661 million. The sectors covered included housi Show Less -