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Disaster Risk Management in Mega Cities

Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00
ASF Int & ARC●PEACE Seminar ‘Managing Disasters in Urban Areas’, 13 April 2012, Copenhagen.

ASF Int & ARC●PEACE Seminar ‘Managing Disasters in Urban Areas’, 13 April 2012, Copenhagen.

Lessons from Working with the Poor Vulnerable Communities, Mumbai, India, paper presented by Bijay Misra at the ASF Int & ARC●PEACE Seminar, 13 April 2012,Copenhagen.


The presentation is about working together with poor and vulnerable communities in the mega city Mumbai in order to promote self resiliency among them against disasters. The context of natural disasters including the catastrophic ones and their increasing impact on large cities has been a major concern.

UN 2011 report says 450 cities having population of one million or more are exposed to high risk of natural disasters. Cities which are located coastal or are near the seismic zones are the most vulnerable. The report says the most frequent natural disaster is flooding and affects 233 cities and 633 million people across the world. UN IPCC reports world’s three most vulnerable coastal mega cities are Rio, Shanghai and Mumbai. In them climate change impact particularly the rise of the sea level significantly adds to the problem. In Mumbai nearly one and half million poor people are directly exposed to this threat and their habitats are in constant danger.

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  • Location: Copenhagen
  • Author: Prof. Bijay Misra
  • Number of Pages: 1
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