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Puerto Plata's resilience to eathquakes and tsunamis (in Spanish)

In Puerto Plata, a city of high seismic risk and 150,000 inhabitants, an estimated 70 percent of buildings are precarious in structure. Most of these buildings are inhabited by poor families who cannot afford to pay for professional construction, and therefore have no option but to use the services of master builders, not always qualified for the task at hand, to design a safe structure for their homes.

As a result of this project, mainly funded by the European Commission, 8 temporary shelters were provided and 10,000 people were trained regarding their location and facilities. About 1,000 families were trained on how to construct quake-resistant buildings. Also, over 1,200 teachers and students received information on what to do in case of an earthquake or tsunami.

Keywords

  • Themes:Capacity Development, Community-based DRR, Education & School Safety, Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Structural Safety
  • Hazards:Earthquake, Tsunami
  • Countries/Regions:Puerto Rico

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/42328


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