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SEEDS releases The Face of Disasters 2019 Report

Date: 17 April 2019 Tags: Reports & Indices

According to ‘The Face of Disasters 2019’ report released by Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS), the average” rainfall figures hide extremes of floods and droughts across the country.

Report Higlights

  • Indian Meteorological Department has predicted “normal” monsoon this year, but the “average” rainfall figures hide extremes of floods and droughts across the country.
  • During June to September monsoon of 2018, Punjab experienced “normal” monsoon. However, that figure masked fact that Ropar saw 71% excess rainfall and Ferozepur experienced a 74% shortage.
  • Similarly, eastern Uttar Pradesh saw minimal shortage of 16% lower than usual. However, Kushi Nagar received 82% less while Kannauj actually received surplus of 62%.
  • Other disasters are also hidden because of slow-onset of monsoon or they may be affecting ignored populations or occurring at same time as more high profile disasters.

Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS)

  • It is non-profit voluntary organization that aims at protecting the lives and livelihoods of people exposed to disasters. It was established in 1994. It is headquartered in New Delhi.
  • Functions: It is involved in research activities in disaster management, environmental planning, community development and urban & regional planning.
  • It undertakes activities on behalf of government and international development agencies.