Hey! This is Mayuri Bhattacharjee's podcast. I talk about issues that keep me awake thinking about solutions. I will invite people working on humanitarian response, climate change and gender equality. This podcast is divided into a couple of series. Dignity in Disasters is the one closer to my heart.
For now, I'll try to come up with some content every month. I'm still learning the art of being a kick-ass podcast host so feedback is much appreciated.
Dignity in Disasters: Sanjina and Cyclone Amphan Relief Work
May 20, 2020 was another day in quarantine for rest of the world, but not so for the state of West Bengal. West Bengal government estimated total loss caused due to Cyclone Amphan at Rs 1,02,442 crores.
While the state tried to recover, we came across stories of ordinary people stepping up and coming to the aid of people whose lives were destroyed by the super cyclone.
Fact: The warmer the water temperatures, the more heat energy is available and the higher the potential for tropical cyclones to develop. So it’s reasonable to assume that as humans continue to release planet-warming greenhouse gases, the likelihood of tropical cyclone activity increases.
Dignity in Disasters: In conversation with Kankana Narayan Dev
Kankana Narayan Dev is a Bamboo Architect and Researcher presently a Doctorante at Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. Born in Tezpur, India, Kankana completed her Bachelor of Architecture degree and Masters of Architecture in Urban Design, Manipal University. Kankana worked as Project Architect for Assam State Disaster Management Training Program, at Tata Institute of Social Sciences from 2012 till 2014 then she shifted to academic research while also initiating her social enterprise DARRANG ECO WORKS, designing and constructing sustainable houses and furniture using the Green Wood Bamboo. Currently she is researching on Post Disaster Shelter and Settlement for the flood affected people of the Brahmaputra Valley. Kankana’s work is inspired by intrinsic personal transcultural heritage and identity. She is passionate about socially responsive architecture and has led teaching and learning in inclusive and inter-professional design that is concerned with creating accessible environments and widening community participation. In 2011, she was awarded Young Architect Scholarship by Ethos followed by Innovator title from Assam Science and Technology Environment Council for her Bamboo Disaster Relief Shelter. Currently she is supported by DST to explore the design and construction of Pucca Houses for Rural Assam a project of DEW. A nature enthusiast Kankana loves birding and hosting friends and guest for Farm Lunch over weekends at her D Eco Organic Farm, Darrang, Assam.
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