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Monday, 06 October 2014

EAC, AU Commission team to address Africa disaster risks

Natural hazards, such as floods, droughts, and earthquakes are becoming more regular and intense, increasing impact on people and communities. Low-income households have more difficulty buffering losses, meaning that disaster losses translate into a series of impacts, including more poverty, declining health and worsening nutrition.

Poor planning, poverty and a range of other underlying factors create conditions of vulnerability that result in insufficient capacity to cope with natural hazards and disasters. Action to reduce risk has grown in importance on the international agenda and is seen as essential for sustainable development.

The East African Community, in partnership with the African Union Commission and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction is hosting the sixth Africa Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction starting today (Wednesday) at the EAC headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania, to address these challenges.

Every year on October 13th the world marks the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. “The frequency and intensity of climatic disasters is on the rise as a result of climate variability and change,” said Moses Marwa, the acting director Productive Sectors, who represented the Deputy Secretary General, Productive and Social Sectors, Jesca Eriyo. He added: “Other underlying factors include poverty, low awareness on disaster risks and weak and uncoordinated policy measures and limited capacities in disaster preparedness.”

Source: newvision.co.ug