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UN Report - Natural Disasters on the rise

 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2004 5:58 pm    Post subject: UN Report - Natural Disasters on the rise Reply with quote

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Dear Colleagues & Friends,

Here is a UN report for your review given below.

With regards & best wishes to all from far away Dhaka,Bangladesh


Engr.Sikandar Hayat Siddiqi
Project & Seismic Design Management Engineer
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Builder/Developer Selection Consultant
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Co-ordinator,Earthquake Anti-disaster Defence Management System Initiative
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Director,Special Monitoring System


UN REPORT


Updated: Friday, 17 September, 2004  

Natural disasters 'on the rise'


Hurricanes are hitting bigger towns and cities

More and more people are being caught up in a growing number of natural disasters, a UN agency said on Friday.
The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction said the increase in numbers vulnerable to natural shocks was due partly to global warming.
It said 254 million people were affected by natural hazards last year - nearly three times as many as in 1990.
The assessment comes as the Caribbean and the US are being hit by a series of devastating hurricanes.
Drawn to danger zones
Events include earthquakes and volcanoes, floods and droughts, storms, fires and landslides.  


Releasing its statistics jointly with the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (Cred) at the University of Louvain in Belgium, it said there was a consistent trend over the last decade of an increasing number of people affected by disasters.
There were 337 natural disasters reported in 2003, up from 261 in 1990.
"Not only is the world globally facing more potential disasters but increasing numbers of people are becoming vulnerable to hazards," the ISDR said.
The problems, it said, are exacerbated because more and more people are living in concentrated urban areas and in slums with poor building standards and a lack of facilities.
ISDR director Salvano Briceno added that urban migrants tended to settle on exposed stretches of land either on seismic faults, flooding plains or on landslide-prone slopes.
"The urban concentration, the effects of climate change and the environmental degradation are greatly increasing vulnerability," he said.
"Alarmingly, this is getting worse."



















          
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