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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REGION: SOUTH ASIACOUNTRY: INDIAFOCUS AREA: RESILIENT RECOVERYResults & AchievementsNearly one million coastal residents were relocated in a massive evacuation effort ahead of Cyclone Phailin, partly... Show More + enabled by the shelters and emergency roadways that were funded through the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP), as well as frequent mock drills and extensive community-level preparation. Successful disaster risk management initiatives, some involving the support of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), enabled a 99.6% reduction in fatalities from a comparable cyclonic storms system 14 years prior. Under NCRMP, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh are adding 1,000 km of new evacuation roads, 23 bridges to better connect communities, 285 new cyclone shelters, and 140km improvements to existing coastal embankments. GFDRR has contributed $270,000 since 2011 to help implement the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP) in Odisha and Andh Show Less -
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.Weathering Future Storms in the SeychellesA damage and loss assessment supported by the World Bank Group and managed by GFDRR led to the development of multi-risk mapping and an extensive review of flood risk financing options for the Indian Ocean nation as it recovered from a cyclone. Read moreDisaster Planning Pays Off in Odisha, IndiaEffective disaster risk management significantly reduced casualties from Cyclone Phailin, and GFDRR and other partners are supporting the strengthening and scaling up of these efforts through the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP). Read moreBuilding Back Better in Tonga after Cyclone Ian Field assessments after Cyclone Ian revealed that properly designed and constructed housing infrastructure pr Show Less -
About one million farm families will benefitNew Delhi, 24 October, 2013 – The government of India and the World Bank today signed a $360 million credit agreement to help build the institutional capacity... Show More + needed to increase agricultural productivity in Uttar Pradesh (UP) where agriculture will continue to play an important role in alleviating extreme poverty.The credit agreement for the Uttar Pradesh Water Sector Restructuring Project Phase 2 was signed by Nilaya Mitash, joint secretary, department of economic affairs, ministry of finance, on behalf of the government of India; Deepak Singhal, principal secretary, Irrigation on behalf of the government of UP; and Onno Ruhl, World Bank country director, India on behalf of World Bank. “The Government of India has identified the need for a more holistic strategy for aquifer management, improving governance through water user associations, and focusing on rehabilitating and modernizing existing irrigation systems in critical areas for no 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 -