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Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Online from: 1992

Subject Area: Environmental Management/Environment

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Flash flood disasters in Uttarakhand

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Title:Flash flood disasters in Uttarakhand
Author(s):Ravindra K. Pande, (Kumaun University, Nainital, India)
Citation:Ravindra K. Pande, (2010) "Flash flood disasters in Uttarakhand", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 19 Iss: 5, pp.565 - 570
Keywords:Floods, India, Natural disasters, Risk management
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/09653561011091896 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – Up to now most of the research into flash flood disaster has examined scientific aspects of this natural phenomenon. This paper aims to focus on the flash flood disaster scenario of Uttarakhand, a newly created Himalayan State in India, on the basis of their severity and mechanism so that management efforts can be mounted by the disaster managers.

Design/methodology/approach – Besides compiling the hazard- and risk-related work done by the various research institutions and universities the paper attempts to understand the mechanism responsible for this natural hazard.

Findings – Uttrakhand is a state highly prone to disasters. Flash floods are disasters that are seasonal in nature and strike during a certain period of the year in certain pockets of the state with high frequency.

Research limitations/implications – The analysis is based on observations made in the entire state.

Practical implications – Awareness amongst the masses regarding the flash flood disaster that is likely to affect them and their life support strategy is a must for bringing forth voluntary adoption of the safety norms.

Originality/value – Armed with the information about the hazards and their spatial distribution, the disaster managers in Uttarakhand may undertake certain preventive and mitigative measures for further strengthening and streamlining the Disaster Management System in the state and pave the way for similar activities in other states of India.

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