As heatwaves intensify, life for many South Asians will change. While this change may not be fully reversible, with appropriate policy and action, it can be managed to ease its impact.

Muthukumara Mani, Gulrez Shah Azhar |

I have Odisha on my mind. Cyclone Fani has devastated one of my favorite states in India.  But before Fani it was Idai and Kenneth.  And the people of Beira in Mozambique are reeling. All this in…

Maitreyi Bordia Das |

Disasters caused by natural hazards push the near poor to below the poverty line and contribute to more persistent and severe poverty, creating poverty traps. As they own very few assets, these…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Harjot Kaur |

In 2017, a severe and prolonged drought had hit countries in Africa and the Middle East, bringing crop shortage, livestock death, water scarcity and disease. Food shortages escalated into near-…

Utz Pape |

In June 2013, a heavy deluge caused devastating floods and landslides in the state of Uttarakhand in India’s Himalayan foothills. Damyanti Devi, the mother of a young daughter, lost her home and…

Hyunjee Oh |

The Surma River that flows between Bangladesh and India. Photo Credit: Poonam Pillai Being from Kolkata, I have always been used to floods. Prolonged flooding typically meant schools and offices…

Poonam Pillai |

Editorial credit: alionabirukova / Shutterstock.com Last week, the world came to attention when the famous Hulene dumpsite in Maputo, Mozambique collapsed under heavy rains, killing at least 16…

Silpa Kaza, Lisa Yao |

In a world increasingly filled with risk, social protection systems help individuals and families cope with civil war, natural disaster, displacement, and other shocks. ©  Farhana Asnap/World Bank…

Michal Rutkowski |