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India's disaster management is itself a disaster

New Delhi's main approach to disaster management continues to be rooted in crisis management only after the crises have occurred

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The September floods in the state of Jammu and Kashmir ran up losses of one trillion rupees. In last year's floods in Uttarakhand, about 30,000 lives were lost, according to unofficial estimates.

THROUGHOUT history, India's disaster management has never been stellar. In recent years, it has become worse.

Take flood-related disasters. The September floods in the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) ran up losses of one trillion rupees (S$21.3 billion), said chief secretary Mohammad