Volume - V, 2017

In Focus

Developing a Cyclone Hazard and Risk Atlas for India

Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (HRVA) For 13 Coastal States & UT’s in India

Out of the 7,500 km total coastline of India, approx. 5700 is exposed to severe cyclones, and an estimated 40% of the total population lives within 100 km of the coast. On an average, between one third to one half of the tropical cyclones affecting this region hit the Indian coastline, which by nature is susceptible to storm surge due to shallow coastal bathymetry and tidal characteristics. Other factors such as low-lying terrain, high population density and limited community awareness further make the population in these coastal States/Union Territories (UTs) extremely vulnerable.

The Orissa super-cyclone of 1999 killed over 10,000 people and millions suffered severe physical and financial losses. In subsequent cyclones, Phailin in 2013 and Hudhud in 2014, the death toll reduced significantly because of timely evacuation of a large number of populations in both the cyclone events, however, there were significant physical and financial losses. Hence , the Government of India conducted risk assessment and vulnerability study to mitigate the adverse effects of future disasters.

RMSI undertook a Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Assessment study for 13 States and UT’s in India which was a part of the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP) project. Conducted by - Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India (GOI) and implemented through NDMA, with the financial support from the World Bank.


Recent Wins

Climate Change Scenario Modeling and Risk Assessment, Lesotho

Client: UNDP Lesotho

The objective is to develop climate change projections for the project areas and a land degradation risk assessment. This assessment will be based on prevailing and forecasted land degradation levels assuming no adaptation in the project areas of Mohale Hoek, Lesotho


Multi-Hazard Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (HRVA) for the Cities - Shillong (Meghalaya), and Cuttack (Odisha)

Client: UNDP India

USAID - MHA-UNDP partnership is developing resilient cities through risk reduction in the context of disaster and climate change.

The main objective of the proposed multi-hazard risk and vulnerability assessment is to assess the extent of risk and the vulnerabilities of Shillong and Cuttack cities.


Current Development Projects

Development of an Electronic Database & Information Management System, Uganda

Client: The World Bank

The World Bank Group’s Carbon Finance Unit has initiated the Carbon Initiative for Development (Ci-Dev), whose mission is to use result-based finance to promote energy access project in the least developed countries.

Objective - The overall objective of the project is to increase energy access to rural households who are not connected to the national grid.


Development and Launch of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Open Data Portal

Client: The World Bank

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is the primary statistical arm of the Government. PSA is responsible for national censuses and surveys, collection and compilation of data, statistics, consolidation of selected administrative recording systems, and compilation of national accounts. Open STAT is PSA's Open Data Portal.

The main objective of project is to make available the statistical data collected and compiled by the PSA to the general public for the benefit of end users and to foster a sustainable development of the Nation.



3rd International Conference on the Status & Future of the World's Large Rivers, 18 - 21 April 2017, New Delhi

14th Insurance & Reinsurance Carthage Meeting, 26 - 28 March 2017, Tunis

FICCI 10th India Climate Policy and Policy Business Conclave, 23 - 24 March 2017, New Delhi

2017 GARI (Global Adaptation & Resilience Investment Working Group) Kick off Meeting, 31st January 2017, New York

Expert in Focus

Pratul Srivastava


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