This informative report about the gap in India’s disaster management and recovery plans calls, at the end, for local citizen groups to gather, organize and call for governmental reform. It may also be necessary for these groups to create their own community plans, in the absence of governmental action and in anticipation of slow responses. This kind of grassroots community-based leadership is important in every country. We cannot depend only on government programs to save us, but have to work in the local world, according to our gifts and needs.
I have written in this blog about active community-based leadership programs, including the Interrupters, who step into Chicago’s impoverished communities to support healing and prevent violence. I’ve also written about Malala Yousafzai, and her work for the education of girls in Pakistan, and now on a global scale. My blog about the Peace Committees in the Congo demonstrates the sustainable power of community-based, grassroots leadership even in the face of war. Sonia Jaspal is on the right track — the key will be for communities facing the ravages of natural disasters to organize based on their specific needs and challenges, and unify across religious, caste/class and neighborhood barriers in order to prevent and solve these devastating problems.
For an update on the issues, including the underlying causes of the flood and the overdevelopment of the areas most affected, click here.
Floods in North India have left over 70,000 people stranded and 550 dead. Loss to property will run in billions. The on-going rescue efforts are yielding results but very slowly. The uncoordinated recovery response and efforts indicate lack of disaster management capabilities of the state.
India as a country does not have a properly implemented disaster management system. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India recent report – “Performance Audit Report on Disaster Management of India” highlights glaring deficiencies. Below are some of the key observations from the report. It is sufficient to make Indian citizens sleepless at night.
1. An Introduction
India with its geo-climatic conditions, high density of population, socio-economic disparities, politics and troubled relationship with neighboring countries, has high risk of natural and man-made disasters. In respect to natural disasters, it is vulnerable to forest fires, floods, droughts, earthquakes, tsunamis and cyclones. Man-made disaster risks are…
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