Think disasters are isolated? Think again, warns the UN

Given the ever-increasing frequency of severe weather events, human-made catastrophes and epidemics, piecemeal and fragmented responses will fail to address root causes and may in fact compound the challenges, a new United Nations report argues. The Interconnected Disaster Risks report analyses 10…

Asia and Africa most vulnerable to disasters and their effects

The Natural Hazards Vulnerability Index from risk analysts Verisk Maplecroft has Identified that countries and mega-cities across Asia are highly exposed to natural hazards ranging from cyclones to earthquakes, but people in sub-Saharan Africa are more vulnerable. Nearly 1.4 billion…

Planning for catastrophic disasters

The hallmarks of catastrophic disasters are death and destruction, large scale disruption of communities and businesses, the displacement of populations and public anxiety. Often they occur with little to no warning, overwhelming the capacity of institutions and the community to…

Risk Reduction Gulf: The two sides of Earthquake Disasters

With the tragedy that played out after Nepal’s earthquakes this year, there were stories of heroism. There were also stories of people who could have taken proper precautions to save themselves and their loved ones. A larger story is a…

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