Disaster Risk Reduction refers to the actions we take to prepare for, recover from and mitigate the impact of a natural hazard such as a cyclone or an earthquake. Every year, natural hazards impact human settlements, cause the loss of thousands of lives and damage infrastructure and national economies.
In Fiji, Habitat for Humanity is working in a remote community, Tavuya in the Province of Rewa.
One year ago, severe Tropical Cyclone Winston made landfall in Fiji causing massive devastation. Winston was the strongest tropical cyclone to hit the country and the South Pacific Basin in recorded history, flattening entire communities.
The vast majority of families in the Dong Thap and Tien Giang provinces in Southern Vietnam live at or below the poverty line in poorly built and unsafe homes. To make matters worse, the region is one of the most disaster-prone in the region.
October 13 marks International day for Disaster Reduction. Habitat’s Regional Program Manager for Asia Pacific and Emergencies, Megan Krolik explains what DRR is and why it is so important.
Two years ago, My’s health was at its poorest and the cost of making weekly visits to the hospital consumed her family’s monthly income.
Across all of the countries we work in, disaster risk reduction (DRR) is a crucial component of almost every program. Resourcing communities with the materials, skills and knowledge is essential in order to minimise damage, and prevent the heartache and desperation caused by natural disasters.
In Vietnam we’ve been working closely with communities to make them more aware of how to prepare for and mitigate the effects of natural disasters.
The plight of those struggling to afford rental accommodation is leading to ever greater demand for social housing. Alternative financing arrangements such as group collateral, used in some of the poorest countries in our region, may be something we can learn from.
Asia is facing a shelter crisis as its population continues to grow with 500 million people already living in slums. That figure is set to grow to a staggering 840 million people by the end of the decade, according to Habitat for Humanity Australia.