Sink or Swim

Why Disaster Risk Reduction is central to surviving floods in South Asia

Published: 13 August 2007

The sinking feeling of floods has revisited South Asia. The United Nations has described the 2007 flood in India as ‘the worst in living memory’. The time is ripe for change. Governments and donors in South Asia need to invest in reducing the risk of disasters as a long-term cure to chronic floods. Scaling up disaster preparedness and mitigation requires concerted government action and political will. Oxfam partners across the affected areas are collaborating with government agencies, but during these floods it has become painfully evident how much more needs to be done to integrate the considerable resources of governments with the objective of greater disaster preparedness.