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Reducing Earthquake Losses

The Bhuj earthquake once again underlined India's exposure to enormous seismic risks. The frequency of earthquakes in the last decade has presented serious public policy challenges. What is required is a national seismic mitigation programme that encourages both the structural and non-structural measures as means of reducing seismic risk and builds institutional capability.

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'?

Involvement and Indifference

To what extent is the social concern demonstrated by the Indian middle class for the victims of the Gujarat earthquake part of a more general tendency in Asia of the sharing of wealth, of building up a more egalitarian society in which there is a transfer of wealth and resources from the elite to the poorer sections of society

Reflections on the Kutch Earthquake

Despite the recent earthquake that wreaked havoc across Kutch, its people have long since learnt to cope with disasters and adapt their lives to the vagaries of nature. Yet while powerful social and political factors continue to manipulate calamities, it is equally important that administrators and NGOs understand Kutch's landscape history to make sense of the present earthquake and to ensure the rebuilding of Kutch is done sensitively and appropriately.

Economic Consequences of Gujarat Earthquake

Even though the impact of the earthquake on the Gujarat's GSDP may not exceed a quarter per cent, it presents many challenges. Putting in place a proper policy framework may not only restore normalcy in the region, but can start a recovery boom. Estimating the loss from the earthquake is important for devising policies and drawing up requirements for assistance both from within and outside India. However, given all the limitations of the data, firm estimates of losses from the recent quake will take time to compile. In the interim, quantification is critical for designing relief and rehabilitation packages and implementing them before the onset of the monsoon. This paper is an attempt to estimate the economic impact of the earthquake.

Gujarat : Earthquake and After

The recent earthquake in Gujarat claimed thousands of lives, very many still unaccounted for. It was the army and several NGO groups who took the initiative in launching rescue and relief efforts. But on the government now lies the more onerous responsibility of reconstruction and rebuilding. This task of rebuilding a sustainable, stable future has also to be accomplished keeping in mind people's sentiments and the need to maintain transparency in all its dealings.

Gujarat : Earthquake Plan Prepared in Haste

The rehabilitation package, prepared in unhealthy haste by the government, is based on conventional bureaucratic understanding and interpretation of people's needs and priorities. While it is incredibly vocal about estimates of damage, the specific delivery mechanisms are unclear. Also, it completely ignores the problems of economic rehabilitation of the survivors.

Are Earthquake Deaths Overestimated?

There is some reason to believe that the number of earthquakerelated deaths in Kutch may be lower than the first estimates.

Calcutta Diary

What distinguishes the Gujarat cataclysm is the fact that this has been one earthquake where, along with the poor, affluent sections of society have also been substantial sufferers. Perhaps for the first time in the annals of mankind, an earthquake has shaken the confidence of oligarchs. Globalisation and liberalisation have come home to roost. The rich, who were agog at the marvels of western architecture, have had a rude awakening.
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