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Disaster risk reduction

Disaster risk reduction | Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
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Some very interesting statistics on natural disasters. Over the last 20 years around 1.3 million people have been killed and it's sad to see that 95% of the casualties are from developing countries. You can't prevent natural disasters from happening but we can minimise the loss of lives  with different methods.

 

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The Assam Tribune Online

The Assam Tribune Online | Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
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This country has a massive casualty list from previous earthquakes. I think this drill is going to have a very positive effect on how the public handles the next natural disaster. It would be interesting to find out the costs of operating this drill on a yearly basis.

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BBC NEWS | Health | How tsunami diseases were curbed

BBC NEWS | Health | How tsunami diseases were curbed | Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
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Quick thinking from the experts in charge with preventing the spread of disease after the Tsunami. The speedy and co-ordinated action from relief workers meant that diseases like diarrhoea, typhoid and malaria where kept at a minimum. Just because the worst of the disaster is over doesn't mean that lives aren't in the clear.

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Global Early Warning Systems needed: Creating Partnerships to Cope with Natural Disasters | UN Chronicle

Global Early Warning Systems needed: Creating Partnerships to Cope with Natural Disasters | UN Chronicle | Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
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This article shows great reflection on how important it is to have early warning when a natural disaster is about to take place. Like I keep mentioning you can't stop natural disasters but we can reduce the impact it has on lives lost. Imagine the lives saved with the boxing day Tsunami if there was a education and warning alert in place.

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▶ Angel Of The Beach - YouTube

Tsunami survivor Damian Barrat tells the story of his miraculous escape from death. The onslaught of powerful waves forces Barrat through the wreckage and to...
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What this girl learn't in her science class saved her families life from the deadly Boxing Day Tsunami. Imagine if more people knew the signs of a Tsunami?

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Plane sent signals for 4 hours after it went missing

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Plane sent signals for 4 hours after it went missing | Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
Plane was automatically sending pings, US official claims
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Could missing Malaysia Airline be a victim of a natural disaster? There a many speculations been thrown around about what happened to the missing plain.

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West Africa scores high in disaster risk

West Africa scores high in disaster risk | Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Madrid-based humanitarian research non-profit DARA have developed a new methodology, the risk reduction index, that they say could help more countries assess and reduce the risk of natural hazards and disasters. But an assessment carried out in six West African countries found pervasive risks and limited capacity to reduce vulnerability.
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Steps are being taken to help countries assess and reduce the risk of natural hazards and disasters. 

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▶ Baby rescue from ute in the Biloela floods 2013. - YouTube

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Extraordinary footage of courage from the rescuers. This could of happened to anyone. How often do we here in floods that people are swept away without warning from surging waters. Is there some kind of electronic signage to warn motorised or even boom gates over bridges to stop people from crossing??

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The Earthquake-Proof Tower in Japan - Secret Revealed - YouTube

Next in Tokyo, Japan, we'll take a look at the construction site of Tokyo Sky Tree, the tallest broadcasting tower in the world. Our correspondent spoke with...
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Japan is definitely advancing in creating earthquake-proof structures but is it to early to tell? The science might be behind it but can it take the real test? 

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Family survived Black Saturday in bunker

Family survived Black Saturday in bunker | Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
A home-made fire bunker saved the lives of a family of three on Black Saturday, the Bushfires Royal Commission has heard.
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How very lucky this family is to have survived 'Black Saturday'. Imagine if every home was equipped with these bunkers maybe the 173 lives that were lost could of been less.

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