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Sphere India is a National Coalition of Humanitarian Agencies in India. The members include key nodal agencies from Govt. of India, UN Agencies, INGOs, NGO Networks and National NGOs. Sphere India facilitates Inter Agency Coordination, Training & Capacity Building, Collaborative Advocacy, Information Knowledge and Learning Management through a collaborative process for Quality & Accountability.

Situation Report -1: Floods and Landslides in North East India (16th June, 2017)

Situation Report -1: Floods and Landslides in North East India (16th June, 2017)

Heavy rainfall triggered by flash floods and landslides has caused massive damage to life and property in Mizoram. Power supply lines have snapped and telecommunication network remained disrupted in the state capital due to landslides and heavy downpour. Many were left homeless and number of missing peoples are likely to increase in coming days.

Meanwhile, breaches of embankment in many places along river banks due to raising river water level followed by heavy rainfall and water logging of low-lying areas in Imphal valley, Manipur were reported.

The details Situation Report -1: Floods and Landslides in North East India can be accessed at Sitrep 1 Floods and Landslides in North East India_16.06.2017

SITUATION REPORT -1: AFTERMATH OF CYCLONE “MORA” (31.05.2017)

SITUATION REPORT -1: AFTERMATH OF CYCLONE “MORA” (31.05.2017)

The cyclonic, “MORA” accompanied by heavy showers and gusty winds have affected the states of Manipur and Mizoram in North-Eastern part of India causing flash flood and triggering landslides. Damages to houses and infrastructure were reported. However, it did not cause any human casualty.

Details information can be accessed at Sitrep 1 Aftermath of cyclone MORA_31.05.2017

PROF. IAN DAVIS TALKS ON REFLECTIONS ON 45 YEARS IN DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT: NEW DELHI, INDIA (03.02.2017)

PROF. IAN DAVIS TALKS ON REFLECTIONS ON 45 YEARS IN DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT ( 3rd February, 2017): NEW DELHI, INDIA

The increasing frequency and intensity of adverse impact of natural disasters in the past few years has been a matter of concern for national and provincial governments and ‘at-risk’ communities.

The global Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) frameworks “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) and its predecessor “Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters” have been endorsed by national governments,  international humanitarian assistance agencies, multilateral and bilateral donors and civil society organizations in a large number of countries.

The Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004, the Sichuan earthquake of 2008, the cyclone Nargis of 2008, the Haiti earthquake of 2010, typhoon Haiyan of 2013 and the Gorkha earthquake of 2015 have shown that Disaster Risk Reduction needs greater attention of all stakeholders. Additionally, the looming challenge of climate change adaptation presents a uniquely challenging scenario for the future generations;

On behalf of leading Humanitarian and Disaster Management agencies- Change Alliance, Islamic Relief India, Oxfam India, SSP and the National Coalition of Humanitarian Agencies, Sphere India had organized a Talk by Prof. Ian Davis, Visiting Professor of Disaster Risk Management at Lund, Kyoto and Oxford Brookes Universities at India Internal Centre, New Delhi on 3rd February, 2017. Prof. Ian Davis has been working in demystifying disaster risk reduction since 1972.

TURNING THE TIDE Good Practices in Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction

TURNING THE TIDE

Good Practices in Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction

It is time we stop a hazard from becoming a disaster. Local communities have the knowledge and resilience. 

“Turning the Tide – Good Practices in community based disaster risk reduction” is an attempt to promote the culture of documentation at community level. It is a collection of innovative and sustainable practices in disaster risk reduction drawn from 11 states of India (Assam, Tripura, west Bengal, Orissa, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttrakhand). These practices have been classified into five chapters – drought, earthquake, flood, cyclone and integrated hazard management. Each of them narrates the initiatives taken by the Non- governmental and community based organizations in the field of disaster risk reduction, stories of resilient communities and processes they adopted to eliminate threats posed by hazards. These stories demonstrate the roles of collective action of different stakeholders and the importance of integrated hazard management. The government involvement in some situations is a testimony of state commitment to building community resilience. By bringing out this GOOD PRACTICE DOCUMENTATION we do not intend to claim it to be the last word in this direction, but we wish to present to the community of practitioners in disaster management that such good practices need attention, support , hand holding and sponsorship to help mature, replicate and scale up.

The process started with desk research to identify and collect good practices on community based disaster risk reduction. An open expression of interest was disseminated widely in Sphere India – State level IAGs (Inter Agency Group), outreach networks, forums, workshops and similar civil society events. To make it more inclusive, Sphere India members, leading experts and practitioners also guided in identification of case studies and exemplary works. The information was also collated through internet and media research of works on disaster management in India. The research collated 178 case studies for further analysis and short listing. The case studies were analysed with respect to the specified criteria and shared with the project committee members. The entries not meeting the specifications were screened and 33 case studies were finalised for field validation.

The document can be accessed at Turning the Tide (Good Practices in CBDRR)

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SITREP-1: EARTHQUAKE IN TRIPURA, INDIA ( 03.01.2017)

SITREP-1: EARTHQUAKE IN TRIPURA, INDIA ( 03.01.2017)

An earthquake of magnitude 5.7 on Richter scale hit Tripura on Tuesday afternoon. The epicentre of the earthquake was reported to be in Dhalai district of Tripura. Mild tremors were felt across northeast India.

No causalities and damages have been reported so far except crack on mud wall of the houses in few villages in Dhalai district.

Source: India Meteorological Department and Media

Detailed information can be accessed at 03-01-2017-sitrep-1-earthquake-in-tripura

SITREP-1: CYCLONIC STORM, VARDAH AS ON 12th DECEMBER 2016

SITREP-1: CYCLONIC STORM, VARDAH AS ON 12th  DECEMBER 2016

The very severe cyclonic storm, VARDAH is in the process of crossing the north Tamil Nadu coast close to Chennai as a severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 100 to 110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph as on 12th December, 2016. Over 9,400 people living along coast in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district evacuated to relief camps, 7357 evacuated in Tamil Nadu whereas 02 causalities are reported from Chennai.

 Source: IMD, BULLETIN NO.: 44 (BOB 06/2016), IAG-AP, IAG-TN and Medias

For detailed information, please find enclosed Sitrep-1: Cyclonic Storm, VARDAH as on 12th December 2016:  12-12-2016-sitrep-1-cyclonic-storm-vardah-in-tn-ap

SITREP- Second Spill of Floods in Bihar as on 21st August

Bihar is facing second spill of flood situation after Ganga water crosses danger level. Districts adjoining Ganga are getting swamped and having population badly affected by the current of water moving in the houses.

As per CWC Report, Water Level of Ganga at Patna Gandhighat crossed danger level and reached 50.43 Meters which has also crossed the previous highest flood level recorded which was 50.27 Meter during 1994.

Major Affected Districts: Patna, Munger, Vaishali, Samastipur, Bhojpur, Begusarai, Khagaria, Saran

 

For detailed information, please find enclosed SITREP- Second Spill of Floods in Bihar as on 21st August.SITREP-Second Spill of Floods in Bihar- 21st August

Situation Report- Heavy Rain and Floods in MP as updated at 12 Noon on 20th August.

Heavy downpours continuous from 15th August bring havoc again in second spill of flood situation in few of the districts. Satna and Rewa are majorly affected districts.

As per meteorological department;

Heavy Alert: Chhattarpur, Satna, Panna, Katni, Sagar, Damoh, Vidisha, and Raisen

Alert: Rewa, Sidhi, Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Jabalpur, Sehore, Narsinghpur, Shajapur, Tikamgarh

Majorly Rewa and Satna Districts of MP are affected, Please find enclosed SITREP- Heavy Rain and Floods in MP 20th August