Disasters – Why do they happen?
In the first week of December 2015, the city of Chennai in India just witnessed the most severe rains in over 100 years. The city was virtually in a state of lock down as train services, the airport, bus services came to a standstill. With heavy rains battering the city and adjoining districts many lives were lost, families displaced, livelihoods lost and in the coastal district of Cuddalore complete villages have been abandoned.
Climate change is the number one reason that is ascribed to unseasonal rains and famines and droughts. Humanity’s greed for development and the search for sources of fuel that have led to massive deforestation in various parts of the world is another factor. Unplanned growth, haphazard construction and poorly designed living communities add to the chaos when disaster strikes.
The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 or CMP 11 is being held in Le Bourget, Paris, from November 30 to December 11. Leaders from major countries are in negotiations to cut down on carbon emissions and burning of fossil fuels and look to move to safer renewable sources of energy. At times one wonders if it is too little too late? But then as one united world we need to have hope, for a better tomorrow and for a safer and cleaner world for the next generation.
Chernobyl, Fukushima, Bhopal gas tragedy, these are just some examples of man-made disasters. Terrorism is a completely different aspect that leaves about death and disaster in its wake. Industries that suck out groundwater, real estate mafia that constructs buildings in marshlands, chemical companies that flout all pollution rules, the list is endless.
Disaster Management Programmes – An Overview
The need of the hour is for trained experts who can cope up with natural as well as man-made disasters. Typically troops from the armed forces, the Coastguard and the National Disaster Response Force receive special training in disaster management and relief work.
The real problem is that by the time troops are mobilised and they reach the place where disaster has struck, too much damage has already been done. In such a situation, it is quite surprising that in India the number of institutions offering specialised full-time programmes in Disaster Management is limited.
Programmes in the Spotlight
MSc in Disaster Management offered by Coventry University
This is a one-year full-time programme designed for those who wish to make a career for themselves in disaster management. The key modules that are covered as a part of this programme are - Disaster Theory and Practice; Risk Assessment; Emergency and Disaster Planning; Medical Care; Natural and Man-Made Disasters and Industrial Safety. The tuition fee works out to around INR 9.70 lakhs. Applicants should have a relevant undergraduate degree and an IELTS score of 6.5.
Master of Disaster Management offered by the University of Auckland
This is a one-year full-time programme that teaches students the skills required to underpin successful approaches to addressing the management of disasters in complex urban environments. The programme is based on the disciplines of disaster management drawing on knowledge and inputs from engineering, architecture, planning, development studies, environmental law and population health and science.
Master of Public Health in Disaster Management offered by Tulane University
This MPH in Disaster Management is offered as a two-year programme. The programme focuses on the medical aspects of handling epidemics and health and sanitation issues in disaster-affected areas. The programme includes a practicum and a project wherein the student submits a report on a public health issue.
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