• Do more with your content!Discover PreventionWeb Services
  • 10 years on, lessons of Asian tsunami hit by 'disaster amnesia'

    Email sent!

    An email has been sent to the email addresses provided, with a link to this content.

    Thank you for sharing!


10 years on, lessons of Asian tsunami hit by 'disaster amnesia'

Source(s):  Nation, the - Nation Multimedia - Thailand

By Preeti Jha and Thanaporn Promyamy

Ten years after the deadliest tsunami on record wrought destruction across the Indian Ocean, creeping complacency is undermining a hi-tech warning system designed to prevent another disaster of such shocking magnitude.


As the 10th anniversary of the tsunami approaches, experts warn that the memory of that fateful day is fading, taking with it the appetite for disaster preparedness.

"When you forget, you don't prepare," said Margareta Wahlstroem, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, who played a leading role in organising the UN response and recovery efforts a decade ago.

"Disaster amnesia" threatens to lower defences, Wahlstroem told AFP.

"You relax, and that's dangerous... One of the big challenges in reducing disaster-risk is to keep alive this understanding."


Add this content to your collection!

Enter an existing tag to add this content to one or more of your current collections. To start a new collection, enter a new tag below.

See My collections to name and share your collection
Back to search results to find more content to tag

Log in to add your tags
  • Publication date 23 Dec 2014

Please note:Content is displayed as last posted by a PreventionWeb community member or editor. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of UNISDR PreventionWeb, or its sponsors. See our terms of use