Explainer on the Disaster Management Act, 2005

A legally bound framework is essential to deal with disasters as they are difficult to manage because of their scale and effect on large populations. Further, due to their complex nature, they require to be tackled at all levels of government and need inter-agency coordination.

The Disaster Management Act, 2005 is India’s leading legislation for disaster prevention, mitigation, capacity building and response. This short explainer developed in collaboration with Centre for Health Equity, Law & Policy, explores the history, scope and purpose of the Act, which has also been the principal legislation deployed in India’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can download the explainer here.