Development and Disaster Management

A Study of the Northeastern States of India

  • Amita Singh
  • Milap Punia
  • Nivedita P. Haran
  • Thiyam Bharat Singh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiv
  2. Disasters, Management and Development

  3. Vulnérabilité Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. P. S. Ningthoujam, L. K. Lolee, C. S. Dubey, Z. P. Gonmei, L. Thoithoi, T. Oinam
      Pages 161-167
    3. P. K. Joshi, Anusheema Chakraborty, Roopam Shukla
      Pages 187-200
    4. Langthianmung Vualzong, Aashita Dawer, Nivedita P. Haran
      Pages 201-214
  4. Accomplishing Community Resilience

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 419-425

About this book


This book highlights the relationship between disasters and development through a socio-cultural study of human geography and governance institutions. It studies the cause, context and consequences of disasters in one of the most fragile Himalayan regions in India. The book establishes the fact that disaster management is built within the framework of good governance, without which it has no meaning.  For lack of effective and responsive governance, development has lagged behind and even though the frequency of disasters has been increasing, little is being done to redesign developmental frameworks to prevent ensuing losses. Besides, the near absence of governmental support during recurrent disasters, communities have cumulatively become reservoirs of innovations to cope up with disasters. The resilience plans need not follow implanted models but may be cost effective only if they apply a bottom up approach. Just as the region is culturally diverse so are the challenges encountered by local communities in terms of generating resilience to every disaster. Despite more than a decade of the Disaster Management Act (DMA) of 2005, most of the states in this northeastern fringe of India continue to wait for its implementation beyond mere structures and offices. The book suggests that urgent action is required in accordance with the DMA 2005 towards inter-agency coordination, proactive participation of local governance, mobilization of Community based Organizations (CBOs) and curriculum based training in every academic and technical institution. Governments of these northeastern states of India should establish accountability of State Disaster Management Authorities and inspire them to participate proactively with communities for an effective resilience building in the region.


Disasters Resilience Risk-reduction Vulnerability Marginalization Public Policy and Government Disaster Studies Governance

Editors and affiliations

  • Amita Singh
    • 1
  • Milap Punia
    • 2
  • Nivedita P. Haran
    • 3
  • Thiyam Bharat Singh
    • 4
  1. 1.Centre for the Study of Law and GovernanceJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Centre for the Study of Regional DevelopmentJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia
  3. 3.Disaster Research Programme (DRP)Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia
  4. 4.Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive PolicyManipur UniversityImphalIndia

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