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Australia provides risk maps to help Manila vs disasters

THE AUSTRALIAN government handed over 84 risks maps that would aid Philippine local government units (LGUs) in making cities and municipalities in the greater Metro Manila area resilient to natural hazards and disasters. “The increasing scale and frequency of natural disasters are costing the country millions every year,” Bill Tweddell, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, said yesterday.  However, the ambassador said natural hazards do not have to lead to disasters especially if citizens are able to carefully assess the risk of an area and properly plan for the long term, added. National Risk Reduction and Management Council Executive Director Eduardo D. del Rosario welcomed the help from Australia, saying that the government’s experience in tackling typhoons, as well as the earthquake that hit the Visayas last Tuesday has showed that measures must be taken to reduce vulnerabilities and minimize threats

 

Tweeting to Keep Disaster at Bay

SINGAPORE – Twitter, FacebookFB +3.85% and other social media tools were once primarily platforms for connecting friends and families – but in countries most vulnerable to natural disasters they are proving lifesavers. About 100 injured survivors of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit the Philippines on Oct. 15 rest in temporary shelter in the parking lot of a government hospital. New technology is helping avert crises before and after natural disasters, notes a recent report. Combined with modern weather forecasting technology, new forms of online communication are helping save lives by giving advanced warning of things like floods and cyclones, according to the World Disasters Report released on Thursday by

the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies…

 

Businesses facing climate resilience blind spot

More than three quarters of companies have no formal resilience plan in place despite increasing disruption from climate change, BusinessGreen research finds…

 

Building for disasters: Lessons from the Visayas quake

MANILA – With all the disasters and natural calamities the country goes through, experts have reiterated the importance of disaster preparedness, especially in infrastructure projects. In an interview with ANC’s “Future Perfect,” architect Felino “Jun” Palafox, president of the Pilippine Institute of Environment Planners, explained the importance of a disaster plan to be incorporated in urban planning. According to Palafox, the Philippines has obsolete building and planning codes, making the country’s infrastructure susceptible to damage caused by natural disasters. “Some developers now, they want to reach the sky, but they don’t know how to meet the ground,” he explained…

 

Global disaster preparedness woefully underfunded

 

Every dollar spent on disaster preparedness saves four dollars in disaster relief spending, yet only four per cent of humanitarian aid is spent on it. 180,000 people move to urban areas every day. As the world’s population gravitates more and more towards urban centres, we are leaving ourselves increasingly exposed to natural disasters. The International Monetary Fund calculated last year that humanity’s insistence on courting disaster has increased the international relief and recovery aid bill fivefold since the early 1990s. It is now estimated to stand at $100 billion a year. Three quarters of the world’s largest cities are by the sea, leaving them exposed to flooding. Even in non-coastal cities, unprecedented migration has forced expansion into wetlands that traditionally protected cities from flooding…

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