The National Workshop on Data Requirements for Disaster Risk Reduction Database began in New Delhi on May 2, 2018. The workshop is being organised by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in collaboration with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).
The workshop kick-started with a technical session on Disaster Information and Data Management System on Damage and Loss and Good Practices. The session was chaired by Lt Gen. NC Marwah (Retd.), who is a member of National Disaster Management Authority. During the session, the objectives of setting up such a database as well as the challenges in maintaining and utilising it were discussed. The session witnessed discussions over issues such as data collection templates, data sources and IT platform for entering, organizing and managing data.
The disasters not only result in huge loss of lives and livelihoods but also cause significant damage to infrastructure and disruption of critical services. India is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. The socioeconomic losses undo years of growth and development, especially affecting the most vulnerable and marginalised populations. Hence, there is an urgent need to understand the implications of disasters.