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Title: Multiple disasters and policy responses in pre- and post-independence Orissa, India.
Authors: Ray-Bennett, NS
First Published: Apr-2009
Citation: DISASTERS, 2009, 33 (2), pp. 274-290
Abstract: 'Multiple disasters' or disasters that occur in 'one specific place' are regular events in coastal parts of the state of Orissa in eastern India. Yet the policy framework for addressing multiple disasters is weak. This paper aims to show that policy responses in pre- and post-independence Orissa have overlooked the effects of multiple disasters. Evidence based on a review of the literature and on fieldwork indicates that Orissa has a long history of experience of multiple disasters due to its unique geographic location, political dislocation, and ineffective disaster policies that have focused only on single events. One can observe the effects of this even today in Orissa, notably inadequate measures to counteract the consequences of multiple disasters at the household level and to build people's capacity. This study posits, therefore, that multiple disasters deserve good representation in integrated disaster reduction strategies designed to mitigate their impacts.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1467-7717.2008.01074.x
eISSN: 1467-7717
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Institute of Lifelong Learning

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