Living with Risks: Sharing Knowledge on Disaster Preparedness in the Himalayan Region

Global trends in natural disasters over the last two decades show that both the number of disasters and the number of affected people are increasing, resulting in major environmental and socio-economic costs. The South Asian floods in 2007, affecting Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, killed nearly 2000 people and displaced more than 20 million people in the area (Disasters and Development, Ehime University, September 2010). According to a study by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), some 373 natural disasters killed over 296,800 people in 2010 and affected nearly 208 million others, at a cost of nearly US$110 billion; 89 per cent of the people affected lived in Asia. The recent Indus floods in Pakistan that affected over two million people and caused economic losses of more than US$9.5 billion reminds us of the need for greater capacity, more resources and more effective plans and policies for reducing disaster impacts.

Share knowledge on Disaster Preparedness

Stories and Case Studies


Digital data of Disaster events locations of Nepal at District level. This dataset is created using disaster event and associated data provided by Ministry of Home affairs, Nepal
Digital point data of forest fire incident locations within Nepal since February 2012. This dataset is created using Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectro-radiometer (MODIS) data
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Science applications

An interactive mapping interface provides statistics on different types of disaster at District, Village Development Committee (VDC) and watershed levels, as well as distribution of disaster impacts in the form of maps, tables and graphs


The main objective of this project is to strengthen emergency response center of Nepal and to help institutionalize an integrated GIS based information platform (one window system) for emergency management and response in case of earthquake disasters



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