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13 October 2013

Managing disasters, saving lives…


October 13th is International Disaster Reduction Day: it raises awareness about the importance of disaster reduction  & celebrates how people and communities are actively doing this.

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Epidemiology of Disasters published their Annual Disaster Review of 2012, and in it registered 357 natural disasters, resulting in the deaths of 9,655 people and 124.5 million victims worldwide.

The top five countries to be affected by natural disasters last year were China, the USA, Philippines, India and Indonesia.  For man-made disasters, the top three were Japan, the Philippines and the USA.

Each year, "Disaster Reduction Day"  has a theme: 2013 focuses on people living with disabilities and the services they require in the aftermath of a disaster. Another particularly vulnerable group are children. WE review the work of NGOs, researchers and governments as they consider how to meet their needs in disaster management plans.

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