International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction


The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), 13th of October, designated by United Nations, “encourages every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations”.

Flooding in Bangkok, Thailand 8th of May, 1994.

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2 Responses to International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction

  1. rigbyte says:

    This is amusing, considering that the severity of this flood and so many other natural disasters such as devastating landslides, coastal erosion etc. is the result of deforestation, draining and removing wetlands and interfering with the natural flow of rivers. The Thai writing symbols are very beautiful, I think – an art form compared with our letters.

    • You are right Rigby that these low rising floods are not creating bold-letter headlines. They are not the deadliest disasters (http://bit.ly/127iDs), nor causing extreme physical damage, but for the individuals they are a reason for a lot of troubles (deceases, lack of clean water and food, travel, housing, …) and can affect millions. An example from Finland: this summer and autumn we’ve got a lot of rain in short time. These relatively low floods are nothing compared to e.g. Queensland’s floods (http://bit.ly/hzeD4V), but have locally damaged large number of homes and farmers have lost their crop due to water in the fields (video: http://areena.yle.fi/tv/1634682).

      As you point out, the cause for these damages are partially man-made, and in many cases strengthened by our short-viewed actions. They could still be mitigated or even prevented with better planning and guidelines which also need to be followed. – This is easy to say, but much harder to implement.

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