13 Oct '17, 6am

On average, every second of every day, a natural disaster forces someone to flee the safety of home.

In this year alone – from Sri Lanka to Sierra Leone, California to the Caribbean, and Mexico to Madagascar – drought, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, landslides and wildfires have wreaked havoc on lives and livelihoods. Today, the International Day for Disaster Reduction is an opportunity to take a step back from the headlines and reflect on the human impact of disasters and what we can do to mitigate the misery they visit upon millions. The theme of this year’s day is “home safe home”, which captures the essence of what is at stake, and belies the reality of the 26 million people who are displaced each year by natural disasters. On average, every second of every day, a natural disaster forces someone to flee the safety of their home. Such an act of survival is often accompanied by the loss of a livelihood and the disintegration of a community, stability and well-being. T...

Full article: http://www.unep.org/stories/story/home-safe-home-how-heal...

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