This report provides an overview of natural hazards in India and delves into the changing face of disaster risks, as climate change, rainfall variability, increased water use, population growth, the built environment and urbanization drive higher levels of risk.

This paper argues that climate change adaptation policies often fail to gain priority status both nationally and locally. While the most severe impacts of climate change are being felt through major disasters, less dramatic events go unnoticed wreaking havoc on local livelihoods.

The January 2001 earthquake that struck the state of Gujarat in India damaged or destroyed some 8,000 villages and 490 towns. In the months and years after the earthquake, many organizations undertook widespread reconstruction programmes. One such collaboration between the NGO CARE India and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) built 5,554 permanent houses as well as schools and community centres in 23 villages. This paper revisits 10 of the 23 villages that were partially or fully rebuilt by FICCI–CARE, 10 years after the earthquake.