This book presents a national-level analysis of disasters in the backdrop of the vulnerability of the Indian population. Offering an interdisciplinary perspective, it highlights that while conventional wisdom has persistently maligned ‘nature’ for disasters, majority of disasters in India are not due to ‘natural’ causes.

Vulnerable India: A Geographical Study of Disasters reconceptualizes the discourse on disaster and argues persuasively for the necessity of examining socio-economic vulnerability in relation to geography. With the aid of exhaustive research, comparative statistical analyses and data presented in the form tables and maps, it provides an incisive insight into 16 different disasters across 594 districts of the country. The author introduces new terms such as ‘disasterscape’, ‘disaster index’ and ‘vulnerability cluster’ for better understanding. Not only does she review traditional and modern perceptions of disasters in India, she also examines the representation of disasters in popular Indian cinema and provides a historical understanding of Indian perception of natural disasters and India's continuing failure to adequately contain damage to life and property.

This book will be extremely valuable to disaster research institutes and centers of disaster management studies. It is an ideal reference material for students of disaster management, environment science, environmental sociology, geography, development studies and social work.

A Disaster Divide

A disaster divide

The world has been rendered a place divided. There are the rich and the poor, the haves and have-nots, the happy and the unhappy, good and bad, healthy and sick and good and the bad. There also are the disasters afflicted and those relatively free of disasters. This is a fact and the figures prove it so.

Global Divide

The world is divided into 216 countries. Being part and parcel of the earth, each of these is populated and also encased within a physical environment. Yet disasters are unevenly distributed. The low-income economies comprise one-third of the 216 countries listed in the World Disaster Report. They account for three-fourths of population killed in disasters. During 1982–2002, almost one-half of them were affected ...

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