India needs state-specific disaster readiness plans4 min read . Updated: 25 May 2021, 07:35 AM IST
Administrations must invest in resilience against increasingly frequent health and climate crises rather than react afterwards
The spike in recent years in extreme calamities, topped by the covid outbreak, spotlights the urgency of better disaster preparedness in Indian states and the Centre. Health pandemics like covid and climate hazards like the Uttarakhand floods or Delhi heat waves have differing origins, but they spotlight common gaps in readiness. With extreme health and climate disasters set to continue, these events must be seen as regular occurrences rather than one-off acts of nature.
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