The Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-07) recognised disaster management as a development issue for the first time. It was prepared in the backdrop of the Orissa super cyclone (1999) and the massive Gujarat earthquake (2001). Later the Tsunami in the Indian Ocean which devastated coastal communities in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry and Andaman in 2004 became the tipping point for initiating a series of steps by the government. India became one of the first countries to declare a national commitment to set up appropriate institutional mechanisms for more effective disaster management at the national, state and district levels. The Disaster Management Bill was subsequently adopted unanimously.
What is “above sea level”? Anything that has not flooded in 20 years? You deniers need to start thinking in long terms, not in segments of a single human life. There is probably not a single place on Earth which hasn’t been under the ocean at some point. If it was once, it can be again. I feel sorry for ignorant people who settle in unstable places, often in complete ignorance of the danger they are in; but how many disasters does it take for people to realize that they are living somewhere they shouldn’t be? Same applies to the fires in California. Chaparral burns. Is it not therefore STUPIDITY to buy a house in a canyon full of chaparral?