When COVID-19 and Natural Hazards Collide: Building Resilient Infrastructure in South Asia
Countries in South Asia, before COVID-19, were already battling critical
socioeconomic vulnerabilities and a deluge of extreme weather events brought about
by a changing climate. The pandemic has demonstrated how disasters can cascade
and converge to threaten lives, livelihoods, and economic and social systems. Yet,
governments in the region have been slow to incorporate a multi-hazard, multi-sectoral
perspective into their preparedness management and infrastructure systems. This brief
describes these complex challenges and outlines key priorities for governments to
rebuild better from the current crisis.
Sarkar-Swaisgood, Madhurima; Srivastava, Sanjay
Observer Research Foundation (ORF)
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