Disaster can be prevented, says tsunami survivor

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Petra Nemcova (second from left) at a screening in Geneva of disaster film The Wave for World Tsunami Day 2017. Photo: UN Photo/Sylvain Roussel

People mistakenly believe natural disasters are something that happen to someone else, a tsunami survivor has said, in a call for governments and communities to do far more to protect themselves from the worst.

Petra Nemcova – who lived through the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami – has been speaking after becoming the UN's first World Tsunami Awareness Advocate.

In addition to promoting the construction of schools that are designed to resist cataclysmic events with UN-partner the Happy Hearts Fund, Ms Nemcova told Daniel Johnson that it was important for people "to ask the right questions" about how disaster-resilient their communities really are.

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