Monday 11 December 2017

Char Areas in Assam: Risk Assessment Tools for Women and Children

In India, Char areas are most commonly found in the states of Assam and West Bengal. These areas can be described as tracts of land surrounded by the waters of an ocean, sea, lake, or stream; it usually means, any accretion in a river course or estuary. These areas emerge and submerge in large river beds such as those of the Brahmaputra in Assam are uniquely vulnerable to disasters such as floods and cyclones.

The All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) works in Assam to make local plans in the districts and holds mock drills in the towns. This work has indicated a special need for capturing what women and children in Char areas want in terms of safety and security. How best to capture what women and children want?

The following is a table of tools that are required to be applied, modified, and revised to make women and children of Char areas in Assam central to reducing risk and building resilience.

– AIDMI Team
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