World Security Report2018-11-07 11:55:46

Preparing for the Worst
  
When flood waters strike a community, be that in Europe, Asia, Africa, or the Americas a trail of devastation follows; lives are lost, livelihoods wrecked, homes are ruined, and critical infrastructure destroyed. The effects and damage to that community will remain long after the emergency services, relief efforts or international aid have patched up the damage and gone home. 
 
Damage or disruption to any Critical Infrastructure whether it is water treatment plants, electricity substations, transportation networks, communication systems, or medical services will inevitably lead to other significant secondary consequences including; malfunctioning emergency services, lack of power to hospitals, stranded populace, contaminated food stocks, and water borne diseases.
 
With every will in the world, relief efforts, and international aid, are just that; relief and aid. Perhaps, now, it is time for us to find a way of instead of looking at how to get emergency aid to the areas affected once a disaster strikes, why not look at how help can be offered immediately that disaster strikes, by preparing for it before it happens!
 
It is a fact that our world’s weather is changing.
 
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) 20-year review produced jointly with the Belgian-based Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) demonstrated that since the first Climate Change Conference (COP1) in 1995 (until 2015), 606,000 lives have been lost and 4.1 billion people have been injured, left homeless or in need of emergency assistance because of weather-related disasters. With the USA, China, India Philippines and Indonesia recorded the most.
 
Floods accounted for 47% of all weather-related disasters from 1995-2015, affecting 2.3 billion people and killing 157,000. Storms were the deadliest type of weather-related disaster, accounting for 242,000 deaths or 40% of the global weather-related deaths, with 89% of these deaths occurring in lower-income countries.
 
Ms. Margareta Wahlström, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction said: “Weather and climate are major drivers of disaster risk and this report demonstrates that the world is paying a high price in lives lost. Economic losses are a major development challenge for many least developed countries battling climate change and poverty.”
 
Throughout the world now we have amazing weather centres, providing forecasting the likes of which we have never seen.
We have access to reliable, recorded historical data now.
 
We know for instance that Bangladesh will be affected every year by the devastating effects from their annual monsoon season, which is exacerbated by the cyclones which cause coastal flooding, meltwater from the Himalayas, deforestation and increasing urban areas, and that the US will go through Hurricane season every year.

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