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Need to build a culture of preparedness’

Disaster specialist Vikas Gora addressing a meeting in Vijayawada

Disaster specialist Vikas Gora addressing a meeting in Vijayawada

With an increase in the number of natural and human-made disasters, there is a need to build a culture of preparedness and every section, community, civil society, government and private sector, has equal responsibility to build resilience,” said disaster management specialist Vikas Gora, on Tuesday…

 

Will Indonesia Be Ready for the Next Tsunami?

 The tsunami that struck Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on December 26, 2004, washed a 2,600-ton ship about five miles (eight kilometers) inland into the city. The site is now a park and a memorial. Photograph by Lianne Milton, Panos


The tsunami that struck Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on December 26, 2004, washed a 2,600-ton ship about five miles (eight kilometers) inland into the city. The site is now a park and a memorial.
Photograph by Lianne Milton, Panos

It began on the morning of December 26, 2004, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) off the west coast of Sumatra, when a magnitude 9.1 earthquake—the third largest since 1900—ruptured the ocean floor. Within eight minutes the fracture spanned 700 miles (1,127 kilometers), releasing 23,000 times more energy than the atomic bomb that destroyed Nagasaki, Japan. Parts of the seabed shifted 30 feet (9 meters) to the west-southwest…

 

Budget savings not driving natural disaster funding review, government says

The Federal Government says a review of Australia’s natural disaster funding system is not being motivated by the need to find budget savings. As the Commonwealth and state governments authorise emergency payments for the victims of the South Australian bushfires, the Federal Government is considering the findings of a Productivity Commission review into Australia’s disaster relief system…

 

Disaster and Development

Helen Clark, a former prime minister of New Zealand, is Administrator of the UN Development Programme

Helen Clark, a former prime minister of New Zealand, is Administrator of the UN Development Programme

NEW YORK – When Typhoon Hagupit made landfall in the Philippines on December 6, memories of Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,300 people, were fresh in people’s minds. Some 227,000 families – more than a million people – were evacuated ahead of Hagupit’s arrival, according to the United Nations. The typhoon, one of the strongest of the season, killed some 30 people. All deaths from disasters are a tragedy, but the fact that this number was not much higher attests to the efforts that the Philippines has made to prepare for natural disasters…

 

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