While LWSI provides relief and rehabilitation when natural or human made disasters occur, its Integrated Development Projects have over the years built up expertise in a number of sectors that are normally part of the local development needs. India is a country of more than one billion people, where the impact of economic globalization disproportionately benefits a small segment of the population while the marginalized are driven further into poverty, with about 260 million people living below the poverty line. LWSI helps local communities in flood and cyclone prone areas to respond to natural calamities and mitigate the effects of future disasters by training them on Community Based Disaster Preparedness and organizing Disaster Mitigation Teams. At the same time, natural disasters (floods, droughts, cyclones and earthquakes), especially in vulnerable areas, and human made disasters (riots, stampedes, terrorist attacks, etc) continue to destroy the hard won gains of development efforts. It was supporting 5,009 Community Based Organizations, Self Help Groups and Disaster Mitigation Teams. The boundary between the plates is broadly along the Himalayas.The Indian plate usually has a north and northeastward movement. LWSI has been implementing Disaster Response and Integrated Development Projects for more than three decades.


LWSI projects continued work in the states of West Bengal, Orissa, Assam and Gujarat, and took up relief and rehabilitation intervention in a big way in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, in the aftermath of the tsunami disaster on 26 December 2004, and in Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and West Bengal during and after the massive floods in August-September 2006 caused by torrential monsoon rains and overflowing of major rivers.
During 2005, LWSI initiated, continued and completed various projects in response to natural and human made disasters with the support of ACT International: Tsunami in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, floods in West Bengal, Assam and Gujarat, and resettlement of people displaced in inter-tribal violence of 1996 and 1998 (many of whom are still living in relief camps) in Kokrajhar district of Assam.
In 2006, relief and rehabilitation intervention has been taken up for flood victims in Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and West Bengal. Although the program responds to large disasters anywhere in India, it has focused its emergency response, disaster preparedness and development efforts in Eastern India. LWSI emphasizes the active and direct participation of the most marginalized in development and disaster response efforts.
Lutheran World Service – India, or LWSI, as it is currently known, works with the ever-growing population of rural and urban poor in the country.
Vaidya said.The Sunday evening quake that has killed 68 people and injured 300 in the northeast and east was caused by a collision between the Indian plate and the Eurasian plate.


The 2004 Sumatra quake in Indonesia, which registered 9.3 magnitude, has triggered stress in many areas. The stress is accumulated wherever the earth is weak," he said.Chadha said the movement in the Indian plate was around 1 to 2 mm after the Sunday earthquake that rattled large parts of India, from Sikkim to Bihar. After the Gujarat earthquake in 2001, for three-four months everyone was talking about preventive measures but no productive steps were taken."The country is not prepared for any high-intensity earthquake.



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