India comprises an area of 32,87,263 sq. km. It extends from snow coveredHimalayas to tropical rain forest of the south. Bounded by the great Himalayas in thenorth, it stretches southwards and at tropic of cancer, it tapers off into the IndianOcean between the Bay of Bengal on the east and Arabian sea on the west. Lying en-tirely in the northern hemisphere, it covers 29 longitudes and 31 latitudes and hascoastline of 7500 km. India’s physical geography and climate, pattern of rainfall makeit prone to a variety of natural disasters such as floods, storms cyclones and earth-quakes. The population and the lack of technological safeguards in its developing in-dustry, make it vulnerable to a variety of man made disasters e.g. Bhopal gas tragedy,Industrial and domestic fires, large number of railway mishaps, epidemics etc.
Statement of the Problem
2. This paper examines the process of Disaster Management : its structure in In-dia and recommendations.
Justification for the Study
3. The loss of human lives and physical assets caused by natural calamities areassuming staggering proportions. However, India’s march towards a national policyfor disaster management is surprisingly slow and direction less. The devastating cy-