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Natural Disasters: The Challenge of Saving Lives

Despite experience with typhoons, most Filipinos ‘not prepared for disasters’

Although the Philippines faces an average of 20 typhoons a year, only 36% of Filipinos feel they are completely prepared for disasters, according to a study by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) DisasterNet Philippines.

HHI’s study is the first nationwide household survey of disaster preparedness in the Philippines. It was conducted from March to April 2017, with 4,368 adult respondents nationwide. The organization shared its findings to media in early February this year.

The HHI study also shows that nearly 47% claimed to have done nothing to prepare for a natural hazard in the last 5 years…

 

Natural Disasters: The Challenge of Saving Lives

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Variety of natural disasters…

The death of over 10 thousand persons and the damages caused to 62 million by extreme meteorological events in 2018, imposed on governments the challenge of introducing effective policies of prevention and mitigation.

The number of deaths was the sixth lowest in this century, far from the average of 77 thousand deaths, result of the non-existing catastrophes of enormous proportions, according to the United Nations Office for the Reduction of Risks due to Disasters (Unisdr).

Nevertheless, the figure was larger than the 8,500 victims in 2016 and the 9,700 of the following year, according to the yearly report of that organism that also registered the affected persons, be due to wounds, left homeless or displaced.

That indicates, once more, that if we want to reduce the losses in catastrophes we should improve the mannerin which we manage risk of disasters, said the high representative of the Unisdr, Mami Mizutori.

Time is running out to limit global warming to 1.5 or two degrees Celsius. We have to be equally active in adapting to climate change…

 

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