India’s First National Disaster Risk Index- 2018

Question- Which of the following states is at the top in the first ‘Disaster Risk Index’ released recently?
(b) Tamil Nadu
(c) Uttar Pradesh
(d) Gujarat
Answer (a) 
Related Facts:

  • India’s first Disaster Risk Index was released in June 2018.
  • The index prepared by the Home Ministry in association with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is now in the form of a draft report.
  • According to which Maharashtra is the most vulnerable state in India i.e. is at top position.
  • The disaster index is currently in form of a draft, which is yet to be officially released by the Centre.
  • The list was prepared by the Ministry of Home Affairs in coordination with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  • Maharashtra is followed by West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh respectively.
  • While Delhi is at ‘most risk’ among Union Territories.
  • The index gauges potential hazards and disasters across the 640 districts of the
  • It has been ranked on the basis of the disadvantages of population, animal, agriculture and environment against the disasters.
  • According to the index in the recent past, some states like Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Tripura, and Himachal Pradesh have taken significant steps in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).
  • Among districts, Maharashtra’s Pune tops the list with a vulnerability factor of 9.48 on a scale of 10.
  • Pune is closely followed by Bengal’s North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas. Bangalore and Gulbarga in Karnataka also make the list.