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Dealing with Disasters

dc.date.accessioned2015-01-24T13:13:15Z
dc.date.available2015-01-24T13:13:15Z
dc.date.issued2011-03-01
dc.identifier.issn1998-7528
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11540/1340
dc.description.abstractNatural disasters wreak havoc without discrimination, wiping out homes, livelihoods, a country's economic gains, and often many individual lives. Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe have all been struck by catastrophes in recent years. Asia, however, has been hit hardest: 40% of the world's disasters have occurred in the region in the past decade, resulting in a disproportionate 80% of disaster deaths. And Asia's poor, lacking in resources and more vulnerable and exposed to the elements, have borne the brunt of these cataclysms. Touted as the next economic power, Asia cannot afford to continue along this path. Countries in distress will be hard-pressed to reach their development goals as funds meant for fortifying social and economic infrastructure get diverted for emergency relief and reconstruction. Efforts to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life in developing countries could suffer sizeable setbacks. With extreme weather conditions attributed to climate change increasing in frequency and complexity worldwide, setting up disaster risk management initiatives at all levels has become even more imperative. Lessons learned from disaster response and recovery experiences show that a well-coordinated community response is just as vital as emergency action at the national or even international level. This edition of Development Asia looks at the state of disaster preparedness in the region, the economics of risk mitigation and the politics of disaster relief, and proactive strategies and innovative solutions. We put the spotlight on Bangladesh, long a victim of recurring disasters, where a community-led program has dramatically reduced disaster-related deaths and damage. In The Big Voice, Margareta Wahlström, who heads the United Nation's Secretariat for the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, talks about the challenges of preaching preparedness. On the fundraising side, we examine the sometimes controversial role that celebrities have played in rallying international support for disaster victims. On a lighter note, we also explore how the tiny seahorse is helping to reduce poverty in coastal communities across the region, and chime in about the musical traditions of international development.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.rightsCC BY 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo
dc.titleDealing with Disasters
dc.typeJournals
dc.subject.expertClimate
dc.subject.expertClimate change
dc.subject.expertClimate impacts assessment
dc.subject.expertGlobal climate change
dc.subject.adbClimatic change
dc.subject.adbClimatic influence
dc.subject.adbClimatology
dc.subject.adbInvestment bank
dc.subject.adbInvestment policy
dc.subject.naturalCity planning
dc.subject.naturalUrban climatology
dc.subject.naturalBank investment
dc.subject.naturalCapital investment
dc.subject.naturalInvestment banking
dc.subject.naturalVenture capital
dc.title.seriesDevelopment Asia
dc.contributor.imprintAsian Development Bank
oar.themeClimate
oar.adminregionAsia and the Pacific Region
oar.countryBangladesh
oar.countryBhutan
oar.countryIndia
oar.countryMaldives
oar.countryNepal
oar.countrySri Lanka
oar.countryBrunei Darussalam
oar.countryCambodia
oar.countryIndonesia
oar.countryLao People's Democratic Republic
oar.countryMalaysia
oar.countryMyanmar
oar.countryPhilippines
oar.countrySingapore
oar.countryThailand
oar.countryViet Nam
oar.countryCook Islands
oar.countryFiji
oar.countryKiribati
oar.countryMarshall Islands
oar.countryMicronesia, Federated States of
oar.countryNauru
oar.countryPalau
oar.countryPapua New Guinea
oar.countrySamoa
oar.countrySolomon Islands
oar.countryTimor-Leste
oar.countryTonga
oar.countryTuvalu
oar.countryVanuatu
oar.countryAfghanistan
oar.countryArmenia
oar.countryAzerbaijan
oar.countryGeorgia
oar.countryKazakhstan
oar.countryKyrgyz Republic
oar.countryPakistan
oar.countryTajikistan
oar.countryTurkmenistan
oar.countryUzbekistan
oar.countryChina, People’s Republic of
oar.countryHong Kong, China
oar.countryChina, People’s Republic of
oar.countryRepublic of Korea
oar.countryMongolia
oar.countryTaipei,China
oar.dep.sourceDER
oar.identifierOAR-002377
oar.authorAsian Development Bank
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    Development Asia features development issues that are important to the Asia and Pacific region. Sixteen issues of the series were published by the Asian Development Bank from June 2008 to May 2014.

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