Disaster Management in SAARC Nations

South Asia has been identified one of the regions, which continuously faces the adversities due to repeating natural disaster with increasing frequency and intensity. During the recent years, countries in the region have endured a series of catastrophic disasters compounding their pains of poverty and poor performance in various sectors of human development indexes with devastating earthquakes, floods, cyclones and droughts playing havoc. These are also affecting the economic development plans of the region

In this context, there is an urgent need to effective regional coordination. The continuous effort for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Disaster Management seems to be insufficient in comparison to the rapidly increasing and reoccurring natural calamities. Disaster Management can be defined as the organization and management of resources and responsibilities for dealing with all humanitarian aspects of emergencies, in particular, preparedness, response and recovery in order to lessen the impact of disasters. The prospective vision, preparedness, quick relief mechanism and risk reduction approach needs to be strengthened to understand and deal with the wrath of nature. Undertaking this concern, the present topic was selected to make SAARC law students to study in depth the issues concerning increasing rates of disasters in SAARC region so that the existing legal mechanism for disaster management can be critically analysed and solutions that are more practical can be identified.

The legal academia has rightly recognised the need for increased deliberation in this aspect. In the Third Prof N.R. Madhava Menon SAARCLAW Mooting Competition (SAARC Round) held in February 2018 at Lloyd Law College, Top law college in delhi ncr, law students from all SAARC nations presented their respective nations disaster management approaches. The proceedings examined the aspects like international framework for DRR and disaster management; community participation in disaster management; national legal frameworks for effective and efficient management efforts.