Youth should be involved in disaster reduction, says UN

As Bangkok prepares itself for possible flooding this weekend, the world is observing the International Day for Disaster Reduction.

flooding in Léogâne, Haiti in 2010

The theme in 2011 recognizes the role children and young people can play in responding to disasters.

This comes as a power message, especially in a year that has already seen a famine in the Horn of Africa, an earthquake in Japan, and now flooding in South-East Asia.

And the picture gets grimmer. A recent UN report says the proportion of the people living in flood-prone areas has increased by 114 per cent over three decades and those living on cyclone-exposed coastlines by 192 per cent.

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, however, says there have been advances in dealing with disasters.

“Over the past year, we have seen devastating floods, earthquakes, tsunamis and droughts. Nuclear safety and the threat of multiple technological hazards add even greater urgency. The good news is that some countries have shown how to reduce risk from floods and cyclones. Investments in early warning and other measures are paying dividends.”

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