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GENEVA, 12 October 2020 – A UN report published to mark the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on October 13, confirms how extreme weather events have come to dominate the disaster landscape in the 21st century. In the period 2000 to 2019
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Statement by the head of UNDRR, Mami Mizutori at the launch of the UNDRR-ISC Technical Report on Sendai Hazards Definitions and Classifications It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the launch of the UNDRR-ISC Technical Report on Sendai Hazards
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From blowing conch shells to ringing church bells and sending mobile phone alerts, Caribbean countries are looking at high and low-tech ways to alert citizens to run for safety in the face of tsunamis which could wreak havoc on unprepared communities.
Ms. Jenny Sturrock, Duty Incident Manager at the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre (left), monitors the clock as Mr. Lourenço Xavier, Head of the Emergency Operations Centre at the National Disaster Management Directorate of Timor-Leste (centre) and Mr. Samwel Mbuya, Manager of Forecasting Services at the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (right) assess the next steps to take (Photo: UNISDR)
It’s 6:00 am one September day when a powerful undersea earthquake rocks the Makran Trench along the coast of Pakistan and Iran. Minutes later, the tsunami warning centres in India and Indonesia issue simultaneous alerts, followed rapidly by their counterpart in Australia, and authorities across the Indian Ocean swing into action. It's all a test, and a critical component of the region's disaster preparedness.