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Education makes people less vulnerable to natural calamities

LONDON: Education makes people less vulnerable to natural disasters such as floods, landslides and storms that are expected to intensify with climate change, says a new study. Investing in empowerment through universal education should be key in climate change adaptation efforts, contended the study by International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis ( IIASA). “Education is key in reducing disaster fatalities and enhancing adaptive capacity,” said Wolfgang Lutz, director of IIASA’s World Population Programme…

 

Geoscience scoops prize for water map

Satellite image of surface  water on Australia..

Satellite image of surface
water on Australia..

Geoscience Australia has been recognised for innovation in community disaster resilience at the annual Resilient Australia Awards ceremony. Geoscience Australia won the award for nationally significant work in the Government category for the project Water Observations from Space (WOfS), in which decades of satellite imagery showed the history of surface water across the nation since 1987, providing emergency managers with a new understanding of potential flood impacts…

 

Floods bring fresh misery to war-shattered Gaza

With roads transformed into rivers after days of heavy rain, the United Nations relief agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has declared an Emergency in Gaza City. The downpours have brought fresh devastation after this summer’s 50-day war in the Gaza Strip between Hamas and Israel. Not only were more than 2,100 Palestinians killed, mostly civilians according to the UN, but entire neighbourhoods were levelled. Basic civil infrastructure is now lacking with tens of thousands of people still homeless…

 

New global disaster reduction strategy must include vulnerable people

A woman in a village in Karo regency watches Mount Sinabung erupt in Indonesia's North Sumatra province, Oct, 8, 2014. REUTERS/YT Haryono

A woman in a village in Karo regency watches Mount Sinabung erupt in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province, Oct, 8, 2014. REUTERS/YT Haryono

Last week, international experts on disaster reduction met in Geneva to develop a new global framework to make the world more resilient to increasing natural disasters. It is clear that disasters such as earthquakes, typhoons and floods are on the rise and have huge impacts. The U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) estimates that in the last 20 years, 1.3 million people have been killed by disasters. Of these deaths, 93 percent were in developing countries, highlighting how the poor are disproportionately vulnerable to disasters…

 

Everybody needs good neighbours in an emergency

Cairns Regional Council has undertaken a three-year study in disaster prone areas into how residents have fared in disasters. Disaster management resilience officer Sioux Campbell says residents who were connected with their immediate neighbours were far better prepared and informed than those who relied on social media connections…

 

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