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Sunday 31 December 2006

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All about disasters
The website is on disaster management and has the views of a Mainak Mazumder, a professional with an environmental sciences background. He is also the founder of the website and has taken it upon himself to spread word on managing disasters, both natural and manmade. The website, tending more towards being a blog, has been divided into disaster management, environment and sustainable development sections.

With clippings from media reports and extracts from a number of UN reports, the website covers a range of issues from global warming to cotton farmers' crises in Maharashtra. There are also substantial inputs on cyclone, flood, drought and earthquake management.An entire section is devoted to disasters that 'shook the world' the Bhopal gas tragedy, hurricane Katrina, famines in different parts of the world and other natural and human-caused calamities. Content is sufficient enough to inform people about the issues involved.

In terms of collating information, the effort that has gone into making the website looks worthwhile but there is clearly a lack of focus on the design and the language aspect. The text in some of the pages clashes with the background and language errors might put off a reader. But let's not read too much into these slip ups. The site is a novel attempt. Moreover, the website is making efforts to develop and it gets comments from readers regularly.

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