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West Bengal

Cyclone:Some relevant topics

Vulnerability Assessment : Meteorological records of the wind speed and the directions give the probability of the winds in the region. Past records and paths can give the pattern of occurrence for particular wind speeds. A hazard map will illustrate the areas vulnerable to the cyclone in any given year. It will be useful to estimate the severity of the cyclone and various damage intensities in the region. The map is prepared with data inputs of past climatological records, history of wind speed, frequency of flooding etc. List of most vulnerable villages based on past disasters and rainfall position should be prepared.

Land use control: It is designed so that least critical activities are placed in vulnerable areas. Location of settlements in the flood plains is utmost risk. Siting of key facilities must be marked in the land use.

Engineered Structures: Structures need to be built to withstand wind forces. Good site selection is also important. Majority of buildings in coastal areas are built with locally available materials and have no engineering inputs. Good constructions practice should be adopted.

Community Based Mitigation: Construction of cyclone resistant houses and strengthening of existing houses should be done through community participation. Local engineers and masons can take part in the construction of the buildings in their area and demonstrate to the people about disaster resistant construction methods. Multipurpose cyclone shelters should be used as schools or community centers in normal times. In case of cyclone or floods, community should take shelter in these designed buildings. The local communities will be responsible for the maintenance and management of these community shelters. Protection measures should be taken for the livestocks, the boats, fishing nets, household items and other possessions.

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Disaster management - awareness and preparedness in schools.

Posted on August 18, 2009 at 16:40 1 Comment

Teachers training programme

-Training on fire safety

Development of coloring book for the primary section

Preparation of School DM plans

-Schools to prepare DM plans based on the hazard that they are vulnerable to.

Steps for preparation of DM Plans

• Sensitisation meeting for awareness of Teachers, School Management and students.

• Formation of School Disaster Management Committee

Social Mapping - Schools

- Class rooms in the school… Continue

Disaster risk, development and the environment

Posted on June 6, 2009 at 15:44 2 Comments

Disasters are not random and do not occur by accident. They are the convergence of hazards and vulnerable conditions. Disasters not only reveal underlying social, economic, political and environmental problems, but unfortunately contribute to worsening them. Such events pose serious challenges to development, as they erode hard-earned gains in terms of political, social and educational progress, as well as infrastructure and technological development. The Millennium Declaration recognizes the… Continue

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At 11:06 on April 13, 2009, Justin Sharpe said…
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At 10:53 on April 3, 2009, Justin Sharpe said…
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