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 -
The past decade has seen many major natural disasters across South Asia: the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka, the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, 2007 cyclone in Bangladesh, and recent flooding in India. Among... Show More + many other such events, they demonstrate how subject South Asia and its people are to natural disasters. Coupled with this geographic vulnerability are rising population density and low levels of development, which is potentially devastating for human life and property.What are the disaster risks and challenges for South Asia? Relative to economic size, flood losses are about 15 times greater than in industrialized countries. South Asia is at particular risk of damage from disasters, lying above the most active continental plates, its coastline in the path of cyclones, and its rivers subject to flooding from the yearly monsoon. Since 1971, there have been over 1,000 disasters in the region, at increasing frequency per year on average. It already has 65 cities with populations over a Show Less -