Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Monthly newsletter of the Disaster Management Unit, UNDP, New Delhi, India

    The newsletter highlights various initiatives undertaken by the states in disaster management planning under the GoI-UNDP Disaster Risk Reduction Programme in November-December, 2011.

  • Multi Hazard Resistant New Construction or Reconstruction of BPL Houses in Flood Prone Alluvial Areas

    Most flood-prone areas in the country are also affected by other natural hazards such as the earthquakes, cyclones in coastal states along with storm surges, high winds in coastal areas and flood plains in the northern states. Although lighter materials used in present construction types are not much affected by earthquakes, high winds can easily blow away such construction type materials. In view of this, in all new constructions, the choice of materials and technology will need to be based on prevailing multi-hazard conditions in the construction areas. Based on the multi-hazard situation and prevailing alluvial soils with high water table conditions, the report outlines measures to be adopted for designing houses in the country, particularly in Bihar.

  • On the step up campaign

    As part of our 'Step Up' campaign launched on the International Disaster Risk Reduction Day on 13 October 2011, we’re inviting personal stories of people who have been in real situations of disasters, interacted with survivors, learned about their difficulties, life-saving techniques and gaps that exist in the system. Write to se-drm@solutionexchange-un.net.in and share your step towards disaster risk reduction.

  • Seismic Safety of Non-Structural Elements and Contents in Hospital Buildings

    Experience in damaging intensity of earthquakes has shown that buildings are destroyed or damaged to various extents. Also their contents are badly shaken and they fall down by toppling over, or by rolling if resting on rollers or wheels, or by sliding on their supports and crashing down on the floor. Many times such objects injure or even kill the inmates by cutting, piercing or hammering effects.

  • Socio-Political and Environmental Dimensions of Vulnerability and Recovery in Coastal Odisha: Critical Lessons since the 1999 Super-Cyclone

    The report aims to understand the nature of vulnerability and recovery of selected coastal communities in Odisha since super-cyclone of 1999. With intensive fieldwork in eight sites across coastal Odisha, the report takes a detailed look at livelihood trajectories, processes of housing reconstruction and access to community-based NGOs and state assistance.


UNDP's Disaster Risk Reduction Programme supports the vision of India’s 11th Five-Year Plan to work towards ensuring that the "most vulnerable, including women and girls and government at all levels have enhanced abilities to prepare, respond, adapt to and recover from sudden and slow-on-set disasters and environmental changes."