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Are Homeowners Prepared for Disaster?

Assam Floods: Natural Disaster or Man-made Mayhem?

News of China’s Tsang Po reaching its highest levels have put the Northeastern states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on alert. The Siang in Arunachal Pradesh and the Brahmaputra in Assam is already flowing above the danger mark. While the country is recuperating from the recent devastating Kerala floods, there is a worry that the Northeast region might face another bout of floods. Last year the state of Assam faced Level 3 floods. 2400 villages were affected and more than 1.7 million people have been displaced.

Yearly floods, large scale displacement and devastation have become a regularity in the state. If one looks at the causes, the immediate one is always heavy rain. But apart from the natural causes, flood in the region and the devastation that follows is accentuated and aggravated by human interventions. Encroachment of river banks and wetlands, lack of proper drainage, unplanned urban growth, hill cutting and deforestation etc worsen the flood situation in the state…

 

Are Homeowners Prepared for Disaster?

According to the Survey, 12 percent of 77.3 million owner households reported they did not have access to $2,000 to pay for their family’s evacuation, while renters were harder hit, with 39 percent indicating they do not have access to $2,000 to cover evacuation expenses.

“For nearly 45 years, the American Housing Survey has been America’s premier source of data on housing costs and quality,” said HUD Deputy Secretary Pamela Hughes Patenaude. “In collaboration with FEMA, we have added disaster preparedness questions to this survey to better understand the challenges that households face as they prepare for and respond to disasters.”…

 

Government bid to ward off acute stress disorders in flood survivors

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The floods have devastated the state. It has also left behind emotional and mental scars from which the survivors were slowly recovering. Now, to take stock of the status of mental health among the survivors the Health Department is planning to come out with a year-long project in flood-hit areas. The project is for ensuring early identification and intervention in cases of post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) or acute stress disorder or acute mental illness among the survivors, including children…

 

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