Worldwide, the frequency, scale and cost of natural and human-made disasters - ranging from floods and fires to industrial accidents - is on the rise. What’s more, developing countries and, particularly, the urban poor are bearing the brunt of these calamities. In the new “urban millennium”, natural and technological disasters are likely to have their greatest impact in cities where half of humanity is expected to reside. The UN-HABITAT report Enhancing Urban Safety and Security: Global Report on Human Settlements 2007 shows how unchecked rapid urban growth creates and exacerbates disaster risk.
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