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How natural disasters affect us psychologically

Price Gouging post Flooding

The recent flooding in the Western and Northern division caused by Tropical Cyclone Josie and Keni has affected members of the public and businesses in a number of areas.

The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) is mindful of the fact that post natural disasters businesses which are affected often increase the price of basic goods as a means to recover their losses. This could be that the cost of doing business may have increased for the trader.

The FCCC has also noted that some businesses try to recover their losses by selling off the flood affected goods (products) or items to unsuspecting consumers, without clearly disclosing that the good(s) (product(s)) was affected by disaster.Businesses may engage in such actions with a view to maximize their profit while ensuring to recover the loss…

 

How natural disasters affect us psychologically

Extreme weather events entail dealing with loss of treasured possessions, property, but most importantly loss of security and trust in the future. Where there is loss, there is grief.

Dealing with grief is a complex process entailing sadness, anger, despair and depression – but over time, people can recover from grief as they accept their losses and gradually build a path for the future.

However, with extreme weather events becoming more frequent or more intense, having to deal with repeated loss can impede the recovery process.

As people recognise climate change is behind these extreme weather events, their grief often deepens as they realise how uncertain the future is. They worry intergenerational farms, properties and treasured possessions cannot be passed onto children. The damage and loss of familiar neighbourhoods all adds to the toll…

 

Community Groups Begin Work On Hurricane Plans For Low-Income Neighborhoods In Miami-Dade, Broward

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Volunteers with Koncious Contractors remove tree branches from a Little Havana home. After Hurricane Irma, many South Florida community groups deployed volunteers to low-income and disabled people with recovery. Nadege Green / WLRN

Several South Florida nonprofits are launching five meetings to ensure equality in hurricane recovery efforts, continuing work that began after Hurricane Irma.

After the storm, some elderly people went days without ice or water. Some students who rely on free school lunches didn’t have a way to eat. Volunteers and community groups stepped up to host barbecues, deliver supplies and help with tree removal.

Now the groups want to create preparedness plans that specifically meet the needs of low-income neighborhoods. They also want to push for more accountability from elected officials…

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