Disaster preparedness and response

While disasters are often unpredictable, the harm they cause can be mitigated or partly prevented. Crises can be triggered by sudden catastrophic evens such as earthquakes, complex and continuing emergencies such as a violent conflict, and slow onset processes such as environmental pollution.

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WHO accelerates preparedness and response for natural disasters

Between 1990 and 2015, over 1300 natural disasters in the WHO European Region affected over 30 million people and killed over 150 000. Earthquakes, flooding and heat waves have both immediate and long-term impacts on people’s lives. In this second in a series of features on humanitarian response – to events such as floods, earthquakes, heat waves, nuclear accidents and armed conflicts – we look at WHO/Europe’s work preparing for and responding to natural disasters as part of the new Health Emergencies Programme.

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298 830 295 dollars have been lost in economic damage due to natural and man-made disasters and emergencies, not including conflicts and complex emergencies, in the WHO European Region between 1990-2011

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