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Droughts in Asian Monsoon Region

ISBN: 978-0-85724-863-3, eISBN: 978-0-85724-864-0

Publication date: 8 November 2011


Drought is a perennial phenomenon in some parts of the world. Drought is a slow-onset disaster, which is often not initially visible. When it does become visible, it is already too late to respond. Unlike other disasters, drought can be predicted well in advance. Also, most of the drought impacts are prominent in the rural areas, affecting the livelihood options like agriculture, aquaculture, animal husbandry, etc. In developing countries, the key challenge of early warning is its last mile, which means to bring the early warning information to the end users in rural communities. Based on the early warning, the local communities can prepare themselves through shifting the cultivation pattern and looking for the alternative livelihoods. In many communities, the resilience is built through experiences and different indigenous knowledge and practices are developed over time.


Shaw, R. and Nguyen, H. (2011), "Preface", Shaw, R. and Nguyen, H. (Ed.) Droughts in Asian Monsoon Region (Community, Environment and Disaster Risk Management, Vol. 8), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. xv-xvi.



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