UNDRR / DISABILITY AND DISASTERS

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A global UN survey on how persons with disabilities are prepared to cope with disasters reveals severe lack of progress since analysis a decade ago. UNDRR / PRACTICAL ACTION

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DATELINE: RECENT, KENYA / PHILIPPINES / NEPAL

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UNDRR – RECENT, PHILIPPINES

1. Various shots, persons with disability in wheelchairs
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Corazon Bajuyo Clarin, Convener, Cebu Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Network, Philippines:
“There are many hardships and barriers when we talk of persons with disability that we could experience during disasters.”
3. Wide shot, two persons in a wheelchair interacting
4. Med shot, blind person giving a training
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Anonymous
“This is an example of how to evacuate a blind person in the middle of fire.”
6. Various shots, training to first responders in sign language

UNDRR – RECENT, KENYA

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Manase Saitoti Ntutu, President of Indigenous Persons with Disability, Africa Indigenous Global Network Focal Point, Kenya:
“Persons with disability. If there is no quick response from the community or from the government to rescue the persons with disability, many of them are forgotten. And maybe when the floods come, for example, a person who is blind or in a wheelchair or any other disability can be left behind because at the time where everybody's running for his life.”

PRACTICAL ACTION - RECENT, NEPAL

8. Med shot, warnings via megaphones and flags
9. Wide shot, woman cranking the siren
10. Close up, woman assisting an older woman to evacuate
11. Wide shot, first responders carrying a stretcher

UNDRR – RECENT, KENYA

12. SOUNDBITE (English) Massai Kushumba, Mother with disability, Paralympic wheelchair athlete, Kenya
“In Narok there's a lot of floods. No one to help you. I'm using crutches, my colleague is using a wheelchair. She already cannot run away from floods. When it's come for drought, you are hungry, no one will walk out there to go look food for you. It's you and your God alone. If you have children, it's you and your children alone. So, it impacts us a lot as persons with disability. It impacts us a lot. We face a lot of challenges due to that.”

UNDRR – RECENT, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

13. Various shots, persons with disability attending a conference, persons with visual and walking impairment

UNDRR – RECENT, PHILIPPINES

14. Wide shot, woman accessing a Tuk Tuk in a wheelchair, Philippines
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Corazon Bajuyo Clarin, Convener, Cebu Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Network, Philippines
“We have come to the realization that we’re part of the society, that we are not a burden to the society, but a contributory for the development.”
16. Wide shot, persons with disabilities

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A global UN survey on how persons with disabilities are prepared to cope with disasters reveals severe lack of progress since analysis a decade ago.

Persons with disabilities face a shocking lack of support to cope with disasters, with no progress in the last decade, despite a huge increase in climate disasters worldwide. The lack of progress could be a violation of international law. This was among the findings in a report published today by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) summarising the results of the second ever Global Survey of Disability and Disasters.

SOUNDBITE (English) Corazon Bajuyo Clarin, Convener, Cebu Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Network, Philippines:
“There are many hardships and barriers when we talk of persons with disability that we could experience during disasters.”

Persons with disabilities make up 16 percent of the world’s population and, in some cases, are tragically killed by disasters at a rate that is two to four times higher than the general population. The survey captured over 6,000 responses from 132 countries to evaluate progress on government policies that should protect from disasters. The results are analysed against the first survey conducted in 2013 and come ahead of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on 13 October, on the theme of fighting inequality.

SOUNDBITE (English) Anonymous
“This is an example of how to evacuate a blind person in the middle of fire.”

The new survey found limited progress on disability inclusion over the past ten years, with no significant advances in any region. Specifically, 84 percent of respondents in 2023 reported not having a personal preparedness plan in case of a disaster, such as knowing the evacuation routes, available shelters and having emergency supplies. In 2013, this figure was 71percent.

SOUNDBITE (English) Manase Saitoti Ntutu, President of Indigenous Persons with Disability, Africa Indigenous Global Network Focal Point, Kenya:
“Persons with disability. If there is no quick response from the community or from the government to rescue the persons with disability, many of them are forgotten. And maybe when the floods come, for example, a person who is blind or in a wheelchair or any other disability can be left behind because at the time where everybody's running for his life.”

Notably, the 2023 findings show that if sufficient early warning is provided, 39 percent of respondents reported they would have no difficulty evacuating, compared to 26 percent, if there was no warning. This comes in global context of half of countries lacking early warning systems and shows the importance of the UN Early Warnings for All Initiative working to cover everyone everywhere by the year 2027.

SOUNDBITE (English) Massai Kushumba, Mother with disability, Paralympic wheelchair athlete, Kenya
“In Narok there's a lot of floods. No one to help you. I'm using crutches, my colleague is using a wheelchair. She already cannot run away from floods. When it's come for drought, you are hungry, no one will walk out there to go look food for you. It's you and your God alone. If you have children, it's you and your children alone. So, it impacts us a lot as persons with disability. It impacts us a lot. We face a lot of challenges due to that.”

The report calls for meaningful inclusion in community disaster risk reduction planning. Currently, 86 percent of respondents felt excluded from participating in community-level disaster planning, which is the same level as in 2013, despite respondents expressing a greater interest in participating in 2023 (57 percent) compared to 2013 (51 percent). Only 11 percent of respondents reported being aware of a disaster management plan in their local area, down from 17 percent in 2013. Less than half respondents (44 percent) were unaware of disaster risk information in accessible formats.

SOUNDBITE (English) Corazon Bajuyo Clarin, Convener, Cebu Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Network, Philippines
“We have come to the realization that we’re part of the society, that we are not a burden to the society, but a contributory for the development.”

Countries with inadequate processes to protect persons with disabilities from disasters could be in violation of international law under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which specifies obligations to ensure the protection and safety of persons with disabilities from disasters. Moreover, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, calls for disability inclusion, the provision of accessible disaster risk information and establishing inclusive and end-to-end early warning systems.

The report offers examples that need to be scaled up globally. For instance, in Jordan, there is a dedicated line for deaf individuals to report emergencies, in Uganda, persons with disabilities participate in the legal frameworks on disaster and climate management, and in New South Wales, Australia, disability service providers identify individual requirements to feed into community emergency preparedness plans.
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