Are we ready?

68% of India’s land is prone to drought, 60% to earthquakes, 12% to floods and 8% to cyclones, which makes our country one of the most disaster prone countries in the world, according to statistics. But the question that come up is in a country where less than 50% of our cities have storm water drainage facilities, are we ready for major calamities

 

Top five countries with most disasters (2005-2014)

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Country

No. of all disasters

Total damage ($ billion)

China
286
265
USA
212
443
Philippines
181
16
India
167
47

 

Percentage of deaths by income group for all natural hazards (1996-2015)

  • High Income
  • Upper Middle Income
  • Lower Middle Income
  • Low Income

Top five countries with most disasters (2005-2014)

Name of event

Year

Area

Fatalities
Floods/Landslides
2013
Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh
4094
Cloudburst
2010
Leh, Ladakh in J&K
257
Tsunami
2004
Coastline of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Pondicherry and Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India
10,749 deaths 2.79 million people affected
Heat Wave
2002
Southern part of the country (Andhra Pradesh)
More than 1000
people died
Earthquake
2001
Rapar, Bhuj, Bhachau, Anjar, Ahmedabad and Surat in Gujarat State
13,805 deaths, 6.3 million people affected
Super Cyclone
1999
Orissa
Over 10,000 deaths
Drought
1972
Large parts of the country
200 million people affected

 

Source: NDMA, UISDR EM-DAT: The OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database, IMD Report

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