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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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