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Does Australia Suffer from an Ad Hoc Approach to Disaster Risk Management?
In its At What Cost? Mapping where natural perils impact economic growth and communities report released on November 8, Insurance Australia Group (IAG) looked at the extent to which the Australian economy and Australian communities are exposed to loss from natural disaster including cyclones, storms, floods, bushfires and earthquakes.
According to that report, more than 20 per cent of national GDP was produced and 17.3 per cent of the population lived or were located within local government areas (LGAs) with a high to extreme risk of tropical cyclone. A further 28.4 per cent were living in LGAs with high to extreme flood risk, and 58 per cent of the population were living in areas which are exposed to high or extreme risks of earthquake…
Disaster preparation course to be mandatory for aspiring teachers
The education ministry plans to make university students training to become teachers take classes on how to respond to safety threats at schools.
The initiative to make the safety classes a mandatory course partly reflects the Okawa Elementary School tsunami deaths in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. The school saw 74 pupils die on March 11, 2011, when it was engulfed by giant waves spawned by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake.
In October, a district court ordered municipal governments to pay about ¥1.426 billion in damages to the families of 23 of the children killed, finding the municipal school liable for failing to evacuate them appropriately. Both the plaintiffs and defendants are appealing the ruling…
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