One climate crisis disaster happening every week, UN warns
Climate crisis disasters are happening at the rate of one a week, though most draw little international attention and work is urgently needed to prepare developing countries for the profound impacts, the UN has warned.
Catastrophes such as cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique and the drought afflicting India make headlines around the world. But large numbers of “lower impact events” that are causing death, displacement and suffering are occurring much faster than predicted, said Mami Mizutori, the UN secretary-general’s special representative on disaster risk reduction. “This is not about the future, this is about today.” This means that adapting to the climate crisis could no longer be seen as a long-term problem, but one that needed investment now, she said. “People need to talk more about adaptation and resilience.”
Estimates put the cost of climate-related disasters at $520bn a year, while the additional cost of building infrastructure that is resistant to the effects of global heating is only about 3%, or $2.7tn in total over the next 20 years…
Disaster resilience must be a way of life
Mayor Edwin Santiago stressed Thursday, July 4, the importance of integrating disaster preparedness and resiliency into the way of life of every Fernandino.
During the launching of National Disaster Resilience Month 2019 Thursday, July 4, at the Heroes Hall, Santiago said the City Government, through its City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC), is programmed to mitigate the adverse effects of flooding, instead of just expecting for it to happen. Santiago said the CDRRMC is also regularly conducting programs that are aimed at instilling to every Fernandino’s mind the importance of preparedness and resiliency during calamities to ensure the safety of every family.
He said resiliency is a cycle wherein activation of mitigation plan must immediately take place when calamity strikes, and must be followed by proper response to the situation that will pave the way for the recovery process to be able to let the community bounce back to its normal situation. “We have a year-long preparation against disaster and when it strikes, our immediate response it to activate it. That is resiliency, we must implement the plan for us to be able to recover and bounce back in the soonest possible,” he said.
Santiago stressed that while parts of San Fernando are flood-prone by nature, he will not allow flooding or any types of disaster to disrupt the city’s economic activity and the lives of its people…