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Feeling the heat: the human cost of poor preparation for disasters


This report shows the positive difference Islamic Relief Worldwide is beginning to make in the area of disaster risk reduction (DRR) by highlighting how village disaster committees and earthworks to raise people’s houses have reduced the impact of seasonal flooding in north-western Bangladesh. It shows how irrigated vegetable growing and microfinance loans for small businesses are helping former pastoralists to build new livelihoods in north-eastern Kenya that are less vulnerable to drought. It provides evidence that being better prepared can save money as well as lives and shows that it can be less costly for aid budgets to adopt protective measures than to pick up the pieces after disaster strikes.

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Keywords

  • Themes:Civil Society/NGOs, Community-based DRR, Economics of DRR, Food Security & Agriculture, Structural Safety, Urban Risk & Planning
  • Hazards:Drought, Flood
  • Countries/Regions:Bangladesh, Kenya

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/28777

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