Silently crawling seawater soon turned in to a tide of mass destruction. Nearly quarter of a million loved ones were perished across the costs of Indian Ocean on December 26, 2004. The world was stunned by such an unprecedented scale of catastrophe. The rescuers’ power of love overpowered the devastation of tsunami. Hands of prayers are still being raised with tearful eyes and the hearts full of grief.
Rules of disaster management were rewritten after the tsunami. Communication technology for early warning systems and post disaster recovery has become critical components.
We have been relentlessly engaged in policy formulation of disaster management. Recognizing our expertise, ESCAP has asked us to outline the role of resilient ICT infrastructure for disaster management. We presented it in a regional “Expert Consultation” at Manila in September. LIRNEasia’s Chair Rohan Samarajiva and Research Manager Shazna Zuhyle have authored this Policy Brief.