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ICSF’s National workshop on small-scale fisheries, cyclone ockhi and disaster risk management at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala from 29th to 30th May 2018 May 24,2018   |  Source: ICSF

On 29 November 2017, a deep depression detected in the Indian Ocean southwest of Sri Lanka rapidly intensified into acyclonic storm off the coast of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and the Union Territory of Lakshadweep. Cyclone Ockhi, as it was named, took the life of hundreds of fishers, injured many and destroyed fishing vessels.

The Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015, adopted by the World Conference on Disaster Reduction,just weeks after the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 228,000 people, sought “substantial reduction of disaster losses, in lives and in the social, economic and environmental assets of communities and countries” through an emphasis on disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the pre-disaster stages rather than on reactive emergency relief. The issues and principles discussed in the HFA are particularly relevant to the lives of small-scale fisher communities, in the coastal villages affected by Cyclone Ockhi. The approach of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) that developed in subsequent years combines mitigation, prevention, preparednesswith response and recovery across institutions of government, the private sector and civil society.

India’s own Disaster Management Act, 2005 was a response to the unprecedented damage caused by the Indian Ocean tsunami and the

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