Preparing for natural disasters in developing countries

The humanitarian impact of a natural disaster is closely linked to the level of a nation’s development; over 95% of deaths from rapid-onset natural disasters (such as floods, earthquakes and tsunamis) take place in developing countries. Unplanned and rapid urban growth, high population densities, low standards in building construction and inadequate systems for relaying warnings to at-risk communities are among the reasons for this disparity.

In this POSTnote the role that science and technology can play before, during and after natural disasters is considered; with specific focus on the developing world whilst acknowledging wider factors such as logistics and international relationships. For further information please contact Martin Goodfellow.