A disease affecting or tending to affect a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community, or region at the same time. A pandemic covers a wider geographical area than an epidemic. An epidemic is specific to one city, region or country, while a pandemic goes much further than national borders. The social disruption, economic loss, and general hardship caused by a pandemic are higher. sources: GLIDE, Medical News Today
15 Apr 2013, Himalayan Times
Navaraj Pokharel calls for improved governance and public awareness, writing a brief history of disaster risk reduction for the Himalayan Times and highlighting disaster risk in Nepal. 'The hilly terrain mainly suffers from landslides and erosion whereas in the Terai damage from floods is more common. Earthquakes also happen occasionally. Epidemics also occur, causing damage to those areas where the unplanned and haphazard settlements are created. Moreover, the climate change continues to trigger disasters.'...
|Source of data: OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database|
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