Bedroc Shelter Study 2012




Nagappatinam, India

BEDROC, 2012

Cyclone Thane: Rapid Damage Assessments and Recovery Interventions

 An independent NGO Team carried out a Damage Assessment from 5-8 Jan 2012

Cyclone Thane Damage Assessments

 Cyclone Thane Nagapattinam Damage Assessment by Bedroc.

Cyclone Thane Damage Assessments

Damage assessment carried out by BEDROC for Cuddalore District, Nagapattinam and Puducherry after Cyclone Thane

2007 World Water Day: Coping with water scarcity- Challenge of the 21st Century.

Water is essential for all socio-economic development and for maintaining healthy ecosystems. As population increases and development calls for increased allocations of groundwater and surface water for the domestic, agriculture and industrial sectors, the pressure on water resources intensifies, leading to tensions, conflicts among users, and excessive pressure on the environment. The increasing stress on freshwater resources brought about by ever-rising demand and profligate use, as well as by growing pollution worldwide, is of serious concern.

Water scarcity affects all social and economic sectors and threatens the sustainability of the natural resources base. Addressing water scarcity requires an intersectoral and multidisciplinary approach to managing water resources in order to maximize economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems. Integration across sectors is needed. This integration needs to take into account development, supply, use and demand, and to place the emphasis on people, their livelihood and the ecosystems that sustain them. On the demand side, enhancing water productivity (the volume of production per unit of water) in all sectors is paramount to successful programmes of water scarcity alleviation. Furthermore, protecting and restoring the ecosystems that naturally capture, filter, store and release water, such as rivers, wetlands, forests and soils, is crucial to increasing the availability of water of good quality.


A Right to a Decent Home: Mapping poverty in the Asia-Pacific Region

Description by Jennifer Duncan

Currently, 60 per cent of the world's slum areas are in the Asia-Pacific region, with most having little or no access to safe water, sanitation, or the most basic amenities. By 2030, another 1.3 billion people are expected to move to urban areas, almost all of whom will be poor. Those without home and hope will not only have a huge impact on economic stability, but will increasingly define both the housing needs as well as the political agenda in the rapidly urbanizing Asia-Pacific region.

These are some of the disturbing findings in a new report, A Right to a Decent Home - Mapping Poverty Housing in the Asia-Pacific Region. Commissioned by Habitat for Humanity, the report is the first of its kind bringing together in one document statistics and research compiled from a wide range of recognized publications on general poverty. This research highlights many of the causes and effects of rural and urban poverty housing and their implications on emerging economies.

ADB-TN Project List

This is a brief of some of the livelihood projects launched by ADB director General during his visit to Tsunami affected districts in Tamil Nadu, September 2006. The document is from the Livelihood Specialist, ADB, Extended Mission in TN. 



Building Back Better: A 12-month update on UNICEF's work to rebuild children's lives and restore hop

One year after the tsunami, UNICEF recounts its role in providing immediate relief and ongoing care to the thousands of families and children affected. Helping bring children back to school, providing immunization services, and assisting with registration, placement and reunification of the separated are but a few of the activities UNICEF undertook in the past 12 months. The report provides country-by-country breakdowns that include expenditure, plans and challenges, while highlighting children's stories and key partners in relief and recovery. 


Battered Islands

Report of a Fact Finding Mission to tsunami affected areas of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Shivani Chaudhry and Enakshi Ganguly Thukral. 

This report presents the findings of a fact-finding mission conducted by the Housing and Land Rights Network’s South Asia Regional Programme (HLRN - SARP) to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands from 26 January to 10 February 2006. The aim of the visit was to focus on the shelter and housing component of rehabilitation in the Islands, and to analyse it through the lens of human rights. Compared to other tsunami-affected areas, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are more isolated, and information about them is even more limited. The study revealed glaring discrepancies between what was being reported and what was actually happening with regard to relief and rehabilitation in the tsunami-impacted areas.

Combating waterborne disease at the household level, WHO

 Health can be compromised when harmful bacteria, viruses, and parasites contaminate drinking water either at the source, through seepage of contaminated run-off water, or within the piped distribution system. Moreover, unhygienic handling of water during transport or within the home can contaminate previously safe water. 

For these reasons, many of those who have access to improved water supplies through piped connections, protected wells or other improved sources are, in fact, exposed to contaminated water. Therefore, potentially billions of people can benefit from effective household water treatment and safe storage.

This document reviews the case for managing water quality in the home, describes the Network and its objectives, gives a brief overview of low-cost technologies, and outlines some of the implementation challenges that lie ahead.