On annual day for disaster reduction, Annan calls for strategic response to hazards

Marking the International Day for Disaster Reduction, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today stressed the need to implement a strategic response to natural hazards.

UN agency calls for new measures to cope with health effects of drought, floods

While quick-onset disasters like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and landslides may be more dramatic and take a very high toll in human lives, floods and droughts often have longer lasting and more far-reaching effects on the health of their victims, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).