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Social Mobilisation for Rehabilitation Relief Work in Cyclone-affected Orissa

The progress of relief and rehabilitation work in the cyclone-affected areas of Orissa has been abysmally slow. The coping capacity of backward regions is weak and livelihood and support systems of the people in affected areas is vulnerable to natural calamities. Rehabilitation work needs to be integrated with the goal of restoring economic security of the people and with poverty alleviation measures. This article argues for the need to have a permanent disaster management organisation and the need to generate social mobilisation and community participation.

Lessons from Orissa Super Cyclone

The Indian Meteorological Department will need to go beyond its current attitude of scientific information dissemination to being a user-driven warning service. The department has to combine technological systems with social science knowledge if it is to provide efficient warning and save lives in a cyclone.

Privatising Earthquake Rehabilitation

Private organisations contacted by the Gujarat government to rebuild houses in earthquake-affected Kutch are having to beat a dejected retreat. On one hand, housing contractors merely wanted to reap a quick turnover, on the other, their understanding of the villages they sought to rebuild did not take into account the differing wants of the people and the caste-class divisions among them.

Earthquake Response

It is not enough just to rebuild Gujarat with bricks and mortar. Rebuilding should go much deeper than that. Settlements in neat rows say nothing about those who have been left out, or those who have a house but little else. The government, NGOs and the various other philanthropists, do they have the commitment or even the desire to 'go the whole go'?
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