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India least prepared for risks after African countries: Report

As Cyclone Phailin slammed the coast of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, the World Development Report for 2014 said India is least prepared for risks after African countries. The annual report prepared by the World Bank staff examines how countries can strengthen their risk management systems. For India, the worrisome factor has been its lack of systems to handle natural disasters. The report, while noting that the number of natural disasters increased over the past 30 years in every region of the world, put the death toll in India due to calamities at 30,870 during 2003-2012 as compared to the previous decade when it was 60,760…

5 Steps Toward Resilience

The opposite of depression is not happiness, according to Peter Kramer, author of “Against Depression” and “Listening to Prozac,” it is resilience: the ability to cope with life’s frustrations without falling apart. Proper treatment doesn’t suppress emotions or dull a person’s ability to feel things deeply. It builds a protective layer — an emotional resilience — to safeguard a depressive from becoming overwhelmed and disabled by the difficulties of daily life. Here, then, are five steps toward resilience…

India at high disaster risk over next two decades, British think tank

Among the countries most prone to natural disasters over the next two decades, India has the highest risk rating, according to a report of Overseas Development Institute, an influential British think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. The report titled ‘The Geography of Poverty, Disasters and Climate Extremes in 2030’ is scheduled for release on October 16…

People Who Score High On The Personality Trait Resilience Have The Highest Amount of Natural Painkiller Activation

A new study suggests that there’s more going on inside our brains when someone snubs us — and that the brain may have its own way of easing social pain. The findings, recently published in Molecular Psychiatry by a University of Michigan Medical School team, show that the brain’s natural painkiller system responds to social rejection — not just physical injury. What’s more, people who score high on a personality trait called resilience — the ability to adjust to environmental change — had the highest amount of natural painkiller activation. Psychological resilience is an individual’s tendency to cope with stress and adversity. This coping may result in the individual “bouncing back” to a previous state of normal functioning, or simply not showing negative effects. A third, more controversial form of resilience is sometimes referred to as ‘posttraumatic growth’ or ‘steeling effects’ where in the experience adversity leads to better functioning (much like an inoculation gives one the capacity to cope well with future exposure to disease)…

International Day of Disaster Reduction: Aid is incomplete without building resilience

As the world recognizes International Day for Disaster ReductionExternal Link on October 13, World Vision appeals to governments, development organizations and civil society to prioritize and strengthen the resilience of communities who are vulnerable to disasters, especially in Asia-Pacific. International Day of Disaster Reduction: Aid is incomplete without building resilience India: 35 million people in the path of Super Cyclone Phailin 11 Christian Artists Darlene Zschech, Michael Smith, Kari Jobe and TobyMac… have contributed to a My Hope CD New Report Urges the Church in the U.S. to Focus on Global Triage Needs in Light of Declining Giving and Membership Trends in the U.S. through 2011 According to the Asia Development Bank, for the past ten years 80 percent of disaster-related deaths globally have occurred in the Asia-Pacific. Over the past month, severe weather patterns have affected millions of people, tens of thousands who are now displaced with their crops and livestock destroyed…

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