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'People in low-income countries are four times as likely as people in high-income countries to die in a natural disaster' said Vinod Thomas, DG of the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group....
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In an exchange between the leaders of Japan and the US, Mr. Fukuda stated 'I wish to step up cooperation between our two countries to build up cooperation in Asia on disaster prevention.'...
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More frequent disasters have, and will increasingly become a major cause of population displacement in several parts of the world, says new UN report....
A representative of the UN Secretary-General commended the system set up to reduce disaster risk, calling it a model for other countries...
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Preparations have been stepped up for a possible major disaster in northern Israel following a warning by the Ministry of Health of an expected earthquake.
During an interview last week, the UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon said 'it is...very encouraging that the Chinese government, Republic of Korea and Japan have agreed to a tripartite frame of disaster reduction and preparedness'
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Development Dialogue: columnist Nora O. Gamolo cites an example of good disaster management practice, but calls for more action from government to communities-at-large to better prepare...
'An expert in disaster preparedness says industry is behind a push to improve Australia's resilience in coping with emergencies and natural disasters...'
"To minimize disasters, community leaders have to be trained to implement activities and other measures for disaster reduction..." said Welino Gubuan from the Office of the Civil Defense 7....
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The Chinese President showed particular concern over disaster prevention and reduction and called for 'giving priority to the study and to forecasting' of natural hazard-related disasters...