By: Anders Wikjman
Natural disasters have killed more than two million people over the past twenty years - 98 percent of the victims have been in low-income countries. Thousands more in these countries are also seriously affected by each disaster, often losing everything they have. Decades of development efforts are literally being swept away.
It is a common perception that we cannot do much about natural disasters. Unmitigated Disasters explains that nothing could be further from the truth. While there are natural hazards beyond human control, like earthquakes and tsunamis, we can still limit them from turning into full-fledged disasters. The risk faced by people is a combination of vulnerability and hazard, and there are many ways by which vulnerability can be reduced. Particularly now as we face climate change and its consequences, Wijkman's thoughts on disaster prevention and risk reduction are more important than ever before.
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