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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 -
Nigechizu (from Japan) – Meaning “evacuation map,” this web-based tool digitizes collaborative maps which are drawn in community workshops to indicate evacuation times. The digital version allows for interaction... Show More + to evaluate evacuation times for user-identified routes, propose alternative routes and support urban planners and disaster management authorities.Quick Disaster (from Indonesia) – Built for wearable devices, this application performs a variety of functions to inform users about disasters. Using real-time location data, for instance, users receive a warning when they enter areas that are prone to particular disasters, and are shown evacuation routes when a disaster strikes."For us, Code for Resilience has been a unique opportunity to refine our idea and showcase it in front of a global community," said Riska Fadilla, a member of the Jakarta Flood Alert team that won the People's Choice Award after receiving the most votes on Twitter. "It's also an exciting chance Show Less -
ResultsYears of planning and preparation paid off when Cyclone Phailin struck Odisha’s coast on the night of October 12, 2013, with wind speeds of over 200 km/hour:1. In one... Show More + of the largest emergency evacuations in history, over 1 million people were moved to nearby shelters or safer buildings before the cyclone struck. The evacuation was carried out in record time.2. The usually massive death toll was reduced dramatically. Less than 40 people died, in sharp contrast to the cyclone in 1999 which killed more than 10,000 people.3. Over 4,000 free kitchens were opened to cater to more than 2 million people.4. 185 medical teams were deployed to all affected areas and 338 medical centers were set up.5. About 5.7 metric tons of dry food was airdropped in inaccessible areas.6. Half a million families were provided wi 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 -
Over 17,000 families to benefit from construction of hazard-resilient housesNew Delhi, 11 November, 2013–The government of India and the World Bank today signed a $236 million credit agreement to help... Show More + increase the resilience of coastal communities to a range of hazards by enhancing mitigation measures along coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.The Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Coastal Disaster Risk Reduction Project will address the multiple challenges that these communities face as a result of their exposure to hydro-meteorological hazards such as cyclone, storm surge, floods, and tsunami, with a focus on risk reduction and mitigation.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; Gagandeep Singh Bedi, secretary, Revenue Department on behalf of the government of Tamil Nadu; S. B. Deepak Kumar, project director, Project Implementation Agency on behalf of the governmen Show Less -
What is being done? The purpose of mitigating disaster and climate risks is to decrease the vulnerability of assets exposed to natural disasters.1. The first need... Show More + is to identify disaster risks, including understanding hazards, what is being exposed to the hazards, and the vulnerability of assets to the hazards.2. Once risks are understood, activities should mitigate these risks through retrofitting buildings, constructing protective infrastructure, as well as enforcing building costs and preventing construction in highly vulnerable environments.3. Lastly, strategies will be developed to ensure the availability of funds to respond to disasters.Disaster management agencies have been established across the region since 2004, but they currently lack clout to influence planning and development agendas. Policies and legislation for managing natural disasters are often insufficiently enforced Show Less -