posted on Mar, 29 2005 @ 10:29 AM
The recent earthquake which struck Indonesia, and last December's Asian tsunami have put a lot of focused attention on huge natural disasters, even
though hundreds of smaller disasters cause widespread devastation and damage every year. Apparently over 70 percent of the world's population is a t
risk for drought and 82 percent live in areas that
are subject to flooding, according to the Earth Institute at Columbia university and the World Bank,
Strategies for minimizing the impact of disasters include strengthening building codes, instituting early warning systems and, in the case of
drought, using seasonal climate predictions, said Maxx Dilley, a research scientist at Columbia's International Research Institute for Climate
Prediction and one of the authors of the report.
"What we would like to see happen is countries managing the risks instead of managing emergencies," Dilley said.
According to the report, many people in the developing world live in areas that are subject to multiple hazards.
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Dilley is correct in saying that countries need to manage the risks, not the emergencies. When a huge natural disaster occurs many thousands of
people are killed instantly, seeming that there were no preparations to what has happened. We cannot constantly be prepared for something that
hasn’t happened yet, if the whole world was constantly ready for the next big natural disaster nothing would get done. People would be locked off in
bunkers waiting, waiting for something which may be nothing. This is the harsh reality of natural disasters, they will strike when they want, where
they want and nothings going to stop them.
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