Study of Disaster Management in India

Volume 4, Issue 1, January-March 21

Study of Disaster Management in India

1Tamanna Afroz
Asst. Director (General & Admin.) Institution of Safety Engineers (India)

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2Shahnawaz Rampuri

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Disaster creates huge destruction, damage to property, personnel injury and death. In past decades several disasters occurred in India and resulted huge losses including people death, people lost their homes and communities. Disaster may be Natural or Manmade.  Earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornados, fires, explosions are few examples of disaster. In this Paper Basically Natural disaster has been covered and discuss their category. In this study, factor that can increase the risk of harm during disaster has been included with such factors that help to minimize or control disaster related risk. Effective procedure also included in this study to control looses or destruction that arises due to disaster.


Objective to Study & Publish this paper is to know major risk associated with disaster and how to control or minimize to such risk. This paper help to know and ensure basic resources that require to control or minimize losses including injury, death or property damage during disaster.

1. Introduction

In Past few decades several disasters occurred in India and effected to life of living thing including people. Several people lost their lives, several sustained injuries, several people lost their home. Disaster has potential to cause harm to people and its harm depends upon nature of disaster, duration of disaster, Population and available existing control measure. Available existing control measure helps to protect to people from any potential severity of harm during disaster. During disaster, effect of harm can be reduce or minimize with the help of adequate measure including adequate resources, disaster awareness etc. Resources include trained personnel for rescue operation, provide medical facility, re-locate to people from disaster area to safe area etc. There is no any adequate measure to eliminate completely to natural disaster but risk associated with disaster can reduce or control to focus on effective control measure. Severity of harm during disaster can be minimize to ensure effective control measure during pre-disaster and post disaster stage. Earthquakes, Floods, Cyclone, droughts, Tsunami, Landslide, Avalanche, Fire, explosion are few examples of disaster. Disaster related risk can be control through effective disaster management plan. Disaster Management is effective procedure to control or minimize risk related to disaster. Different element and sub-element of Disaster Management contribute major role to prevent or minimize losses of property, save to peoples live and prevent any major destruction. As per study of past decade disaster this has been observed that there has been huge destruction & looses occurred including people death, injury, loss of homes, missing to their family members and other several harm.

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2. Types of Disaster

Disaster can be classified from several ways and below are few types of disaster

Fig. 2, Classification of Disaster

3. Disaster in India

India also faced a lots of disaster event and such disaster has been destructed to people live, their home and impacted to state and country economy. Below are Few Disaster of Past decade that results huge losses and destruction in India.

Disaster, YearAffected areaCausesDescription
Kashmir Floods disaster, Sept. 2014Rajouri, Srinagar, Bandipur etc.continuous torrential rainfall and swelling of Jhelum RiverIn this disaster more than 550 death occurred, several people injured and huge losses of property. Damaged properties cost was estimated between Rs. 5000 cr and 6000 cr. Due to continuous torrential rain fall, the water of the Jhelum river swelled and entered into residential area of Kashmir.
Uttarakhand Flash Floods, 2013  Rudraprayag, Pithoragarh, Uttarkashi and Chamoli. Heavy Rainfall & Massive LandslideIn this Disaster more 5700 people lost their live. It effected to 12 district in which 4 districts were worst effected. Heavy rain, massive land slide occurred in June 2013 resulted harm. Several Pilgrims were also effected.
Bihar flood disaster 2007 Year: 2007  Bhagalpur, East Champaran, Darbhanga, Patna, Muzaffarpur, Saharsa, Sitamarhi, and SupaulFlood due to heavy rain fall  Flood of Bihar was worst flood and effected to several Families of 19 District. Thousands of people lost their live. Millions of People home destroyed. Approx. one crore hectare farmland effected by floods.
The Indian Ocean Tsunami 2004  Southern India, Andaman Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep island, Indonesia, Sri Lanka etcTsunamiIn this Tsunami more than 2.3 Lakh people killed. This Tusami was started onthe west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia and effected to 12 countries. The magnitude of this Tusami was 9.1 and 9.3.
Gujrat Earthque in 2001Kutch, Bhuj, Gandhinagar,  Surat, Surendranagar, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, JamnagarEarthquakeIn This earthquake Approx. People lost their live 20000, Injured 167000 and 400000 become homeless. The scale of earthquake was 7.6 to 7.9 and lasted for 2 minutes.  

Similarly, due to cyclone in year 1999, 10000 people died, more than 3.5 Lakh homes destroyed and two lakh animals were killed. This cycle is known as Cyclone Fani hammers Odisha 1999.

In year 1770 due to Drought/Famine several districts of west Bengal & Bihar effected. This Famine was started in 1769 from failed monsoon and continued till 1773. In this Disaster approx. 1 crore people killed, 10 million of people died due to hunger. This Disaster is known as Great Bengal Famine 1770. Therefore, Disaster creates huge destruction.

4. Factor that increase Risk of destruction during Disaster

Disaster results destruction and effect to Economic, environment & Living Things. Destruction depends upon below factor

Population Density: Higher the Population, greater the impacts of disaster and Loss of Property, lives and other losses probability will be more during disaster.

Environmental degradation: Removal of trees and forest increase the risk of landslide, reduce ability of rainfall absorption of soil and results higher impacts of loss.

Urbanization: Poor planning and using poor quality material during infrastructure development including building construction result higher risk of building collapsing or damaging during disaster and lead to major loss such as people live.

Disaster Management Plan (DMP): Ineffective DMP increase the risk of great loss of People lives, Property damage and other harm. Poor resources availability such as Trained Personnel, Medical facility including Medical personnel, Transportation to re-locate/shift to people from disaster zone to safe zone like factor always increase the risk of harm.

Disaster Awareness: Poor Awareness among people increases the risk of destruction. People don’t know the actual safety measure that should be taken during disaster to save them and minimize or control to loss.

Apart from this risk factor of disaster also depend on types of war, Terror attack, Political issues, and proactive safety measure including information received of potential likelihood of disaster earlier like factor.

5. Method to Minimize or Control Risk during Disaster

Disaster related risk can be reduced or minimize through effective identification of potential harm that can occur during disaster event, effective plan for emergency preparedness, response and recovery. Identify to potential Disaster, evaluate to risk to consider probability of disaster event and its severity that can occur during disaster for respective area of state. On based on level of Risk, need to take adequate safety control measure. Need to ensure adequate resources such as trained personnel with rescue team, Transportation, emergency equipment to for needful action during disaster or earlier. Need to create awareness among people to know and save live in case of disaster. Government should arrange such facility to identify and share information to people earlier regarding potential disaster as based on assessment, detection and possibility shared by respective research center or govt. agency.  Population should be re-locate or shift to safe area, if require. Emergency contact no. should be share among people. All applicable element of Pre-disaster and Post-disaster conformance must be ensured. Disaster Management plan (DMP) is best document and written procedure to identify potential risk of disaster, its impacts and mitigation measure to reduce or minimize to loss or destructions. All elements should be included in DMP to avoid any gaps and as per applicable element, strictly conformance should be ensure and time to time conduct emergency disaster response drill to check the system efficiency & improvements. Preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation are Phase of Disaster Management (Fig. 3)

Fig. 2, Phase of Disaster Management

6. Conclusion

In past decade several disaster occurred in India and huge losses of live, property damage, harm to living things. Disaster may me Natural or manmade. Earthquake, Tsunami, Landslide, heavy rain are few example of disaster. Destruction during depends upon nature of Disaster, Time duration, Population density, Emergency resources including disaster management plan and its effectiveness implementation. To control disaster related risk need to prepare effective Disaster management plan and see for their effective implementation. We should plan for effective control measure from two ways and first should be consider for Pre Disaster phases such as Prevention, Mitigation & Preparedness and then for Post disaster phase and under post disaster Response, Recovery, Reconstruction like Factor consider. Identify potential disaster event to mitigate associate Risk. On based of Risk evaluation Emergency preparedness and response plan should be prepares and see for their strictly implementation to avoid any major loss during disaster. As per State or District Probability of Potential disaster should be identify and adequate measure should be taken to prevent any loss.


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