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A Practical Guide to Disaster Management

A K Jain (Author)
Synopsis The Indian subcontinent is vulnerable to drought, floods, cyclones and earthquakes. Landslides, avalanche and forest fires also occur frequently. Among the 32 States/Union Territories in the country, 22 are multi-disaster prone. As much as 40 million hectare of land in the country has been identified as flood prone, and on an average 1806 million hectareof land is flooded annually. About 57% of area of the country is vulnerable to seismic activity. 18% of country’s total are is drought prone, approximately 50 million people are annually  affected by drought and about 68% of total sown area of the country is drought prone. India has a long coastline of 8040km. Which is exposed to tropical cyclones arising in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea in the ratio of 4: 1. The Indian Ocean is one of the six major cyclone pone regions of the world. The coromandal coastline is more cyclone prone, with about 80% of the total cyclones generated in this region. Disaster reduction, prepraredness and prevention involve various professionals, organizations and the community. By a scientific and systematic approach it is possible to reduce the impact of disasters by adopting proper strategies and engineering interventions. The book offers a practical manual to respond effectively in civil emergencies. AT present there is no such reference book available and often the decisions are ad-hoc, half-hearted unscientific and wasteful. In absence of proper strategies, action plans and guidelines, there are often delays in rescue, relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction and recovery efforts, leading to immense loss of lives, ill health, loss of property and limited resources. This book offers a ready and useful guide to all hose concerned with disaster management, civil engineering, planners and architects, including community based organizations, administrators, developers and students. The book gives ready, simple guidelines for field engineers, architects, managers etc. in handling emergency crisis in the vent of natural disasters like earthquake, floods, cyclones, droughts, etc.
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About the author

A K Jain

A.K. Jain, an architect-town planner, is on the Advisory Board of the UN Habitat and is a fellow of the Eastern Asia Region Organisation for Planning and Housing (EAROPH), International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISoCaRP), Indian Institute of Architects, Institutes of Town Planners, and the Indian Buildings Congress. Also, he is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Environmental Studies (UK). As Commissioner he worked on the Master Plan for Delhi-2021, National Urban Housing Policy (2007) and National Transport Policy (2006) and several other planning, housing and infrastructure projects. Mr. Jain is a visiting faculty at Delhi School of Planning and Architecture.

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Title A Practical Guide to Disaster Management
Author A K Jain
Format Hardcover
Date published: 21.10.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788189920814
length x+488p., Tables; Figures; Annexures; Bibliography; 24cm.