In Myanmar, climate change is causing an increase in the prevalence of drought and flood events; over 9 million were affected this summer. Trainings were recently conducted to help reduce vulnerability and enhance resilience of dry zone communities, and most importantly, to highlight the role of communities in reducing risks and vulnerabilities to enhance development gains.
Scientists and disaster risk experts from the Mediterranean and beyond have vowed to step up efforts to raise awareness among the general public of how to react to the threat of tsunamis. The 39-country grouping agreed to bolster its tsunami preparedness. Tourists will also be targeted since coastal population rises sharply during the summer season.
Robust and actionable information can help those at risk understand and prepare for hazards, saving lives and assets. However, even in this era of big data and hyper-connectivity, such information is often inaccessible, disparate, or nonexistent. Recognizing this, GFDRR launched a new website to support its Open Data for Resilience Initiative.