disaster reduction

UN disaster response study highlights challenges faced by cash-strapped African towns

Lacking both early-warning systems and risk-reduction budgets, medium-sized towns in Africa are poorly equipped to respond to emergencies provoked by natural disasters, rural-urban migration and ecosystem destruction, a United Nations report released today says.

In Bangladesh, UN humanitarian chief commends country’s disaster preparedness

The top United Nations relief official today lauded the Government of Bangladesh’s efforts to enhance its disaster risk reduction, adding that the country boasted one of the most formidable disaster preparedness programmes in the world.

Delhi quake drill good example for other high-risk cities to follow – UN envoy

The head of the United Nations office for disaster risk reduction has welcomed the mass earthquake drill organized by Indian authorities in Delhi yesterday and encouraged all high seismic cities to follow the city’s example to better prepare for possible catastrophes.