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Increasing Global Disaster: A call for a Global Policy


The number of natural disasters occurring in a year is increasing at an alarming rate. The damage caused by Hurricane Harvey which recently hit Louisiana and Texas is unofficially estimated at $110bn, and the damage is expected to rise. This makes the natural disaster one of most expensive to have occurred in the United States in 1980.
 
Floods currently occupy major parts of Mumbai, India, and Bangladesh and Nepal. These cases of flooding have been the worst to occur in recent times. Thousands of villages are deprived of food and water supplies because they have been cut off by the flood.
 
In South Asia, major flooding occurs every monsoon season which leaves hundreds of people dead and millions homeless. According to authorities, this year’s flooding was more devastating than the previous ones.
 
A sizable number of people around the world lose their lives to natural disasters. The fact that the number of natural disasters that occur each year is increasing at an alarming rate calls for major concern. The increase in impact of natural disaster can be traced to one human activity; URBANIZATION.
 
Since people are congested over a particular location, the impact of disasters increases. All efforts should, therefore, be towards reducing the number of people that are affected by these disasters. Proper planning and warning systems should be put in place to reduce the impact of these disasters and also alert people of an imminent threat.
 
Climate change is one of the leading causes of natural disasters. According to Environmental scientists, the extreme rainfall is as a result of over-accumulation of water vapor in the atmosphere, an effect of climate change.
 
Global hazard reduction should be promoted on a global scale. Experts from a united states committee suggest that combating this threat involves the combination multi-facet programs including awareness and education, hazard and risk assessments, prediction and warning, international co-operation, mitigation, recovery and reconstruction, and preparedness for emergency response.
 
Also, educating people on the things to do will go a long way in reducing the impact of a disaster. A life lost to natural disaster indirectly or directly affects the economy. Reducing the impact of natural disaster should be top of affair of every individual nation.
 
Though it is impossible to stop the occurrence of natural disasters, we can do our bid by reducing the impact they have on us. Vulnerable groups should be catered for and informed. Countries should put in placeproper response tactics to handle these disasters as they occur.
In the face of increasing occurrence of natural disaster, disaster risk reduction should be the main focus of every nation.