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Piers Blaikie's At Risk PDF

By Piers Blaikie

ISBN-10: 0203974573

ISBN-13: 9780203974575

ISBN-10: 0415084768

ISBN-13: 9780415084765

In danger reasserts the importance of the human consider mess ups. developing that the social, political and fiscal setting is as a lot a explanation for mess ups because the traditional setting, the publication argues that catastrophe mitigation is rooted within the capability people need to comprehend their vulnerability and to take universal action.Famines and drought, organic risks, floods, coastal storms, earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides: in danger attracts sensible and coverage conclusions on the way to catastrophe relief and the advertising of a more secure atmosphere.

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Rapid urbanization This appears to be a key factor in the growth of vulnerability, particularly of lowincome families living within squatter settlements (Davis 1987; Hardoy and Satterthwaite 1989:146–221). The urbanization process results in land pressure DISASTER PRESSURE AND RELEASE MODEL 37 as migrants from outside move into already overcrowded cities, where the new arrivals have few alternatives other than to occupy unsafe land (Havlick 1986). But the risks from natural hazards are only a part of the dangers these communities face; there are often far greater and more pressing ‘normal’ risks of malnutrition and poor health (Richards and Thomson 1984; Pryer and Crook 1988; Cairncross, Hardoy, and Satterthwaite 1990b).

1 LANDLESS SQUATTERS IN DHAKA Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is situated in the flood plain of a major river, the Buriganga. To the northwest is a large zone of low-lying, flood-prone land in the DISASTER PRESSURE AND RELEASE MODEL 27 vicinity of Nagor Konda. Here squatter settlements have grown rapidly, as they have in many areas around the capital in recent years (Shaker 1987). It has been densely settled, particularly since 1970, mostly by poor landless families from the south and east of the country (Rashid 1977).

2 billion by the year 2025. Thus in the space of thirty-five years there will be eight people in the world for every five there are at present, and 90 per cent of this growth will occur within developing countries, many of which are hazard-prone (United Nations 1986). It is difficult to object to the idea that population growth is a significant global pressure contributing to increasing vulnerability. 3 Economic losses and insured losses due to natural disasters 1960–89 Source: Sigma 2/90, Swiss Reinsurance Company 1990.

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