Study of ANI disasters and response by isles researcher

Port Blair
26 Dec 2017

An island based researcher has come out with a study on the vulnerability profile of Andaman and Nicobar Islands (ANI) in the context of natural disasters and response. The book titled ‘The Vulnerable Andaman and Nicobar Islands’ can be useful to students of geography, disasters and disasters management, climate and environmental studies, history, sociology, island and ocean studies, and South Asian studies.
Authored by Dr Punam Tripathi, an independent researcher and a PhD scholar from the Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, the book serves as a rich resource for its detailed tables, figures, maps and diagrams; appendices; and database ranging from travelogues, Census of India reports and fieldwork to Right to Information (RTI) petitions that collect hitherto unknown facts. It addresses disasters in the context of vulnerability of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands that comprise 572 islands in the Bay of Bengal. It looks at the disasters that the Islands have experienced in the last 200 years and analyses major disasters since colonization by the British. The book attempts to understand the overall profile of disasters — the facts, causes, damage, response and recovery in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It discusses earthquakes, cyclones, tsunami and epidemics, as well as impacts of World War II, the penal colony and the post-Independence resettlement on the tribal population. Dr Punam Tripathi was Assistant Professor, Salesian College, Siliguri besides serving as Guest Lecturer for some period at Jawaharlal Nehru Rajkeeya Vidyalaya here. Her research interests and publications focus on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Her articles have been published in Population Geography: A Journal of the Association of Population Geographers of India and Salesian Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences. (EOIC)