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Disasters Claim Fewer Lives, But Economic Costs Soar: Insights from 50 Years of WMO Data

28 Aug 2023

Extreme weather, climate and water-related events caused 11,778 reported disasters between 1970 and 2021, according to a new figure from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). These events resulted in a toll of over 2 million deaths and economic losses amounting to US$ 4.3 trillion. While economic losses have surged, there has been …

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Never stop learning: ten years of the Flood Resilience Alliance in Mexico

Avatar photo Cale Johnstone 29 Sep 2023
At the heart of the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance’s work is the knowledge that there are always opportunities to adapt and improve. In the se...

Collaborative Partnership – Services Providers and Service Users

Resilience Community 14 Jul 2023
This story was prepared and submitted by the Hong Kong Red Cross, Branch of Red Cross Society of China. Sub-divided units (SDUs), one of the “sp...

A New Kind of Disaster Aid: Pay People Cash, Before Disaster Strikes

Avatar photo Vladislav Kovalevski 10 Jul 2023
This story was prepared by and originally published by the New York Times. Experiments suggest that sums as low as $50 can help the world’s poor...

Putting communities in the driver seat: Good practices from the Philippines

Zurich Flood Alliance Jonathan Ulrich 12 Jun 2023
In the spirit of the localization agenda, the flood resilience project of the Philippine Red Cross accompanies, enables, and connects communities to b...

Cyclone Mocha: Accurate forecasts spur preparedness in Myanmar and Bangladesh

Global Disaster Preparedness Center 17 May 2023
Cyclone Mocha made landfall near Myanmar’s border with Bangladesh on on May 14th as an extremely severe cyclonic storm and moved inland, weaken...

Nature-based Solution for River basin and Coastal Risk Resilience Community

Thomas Aquino Banir Hikmat 16 May 2023
The Nature-based Solution for River basin and Coastal Risk Resilience Community program is applied harmoniously within the framework of Integrated Com...

Adapting to the impacts of extreme heat in Bangladesh’s labour force

Global Disaster Preparedness Center 08 May 2023
The health and productivity of the workforce in Bangladesh is under increasing threat in a warming world. In this commentary, Lucia Letsch, Shouro Das...

New Teen Prep Kit Supports Young People to Get Started with Disaster Preparedness

Avatar photo Rita Ewing 07 Mar 2023
The Global Disaster Preparedness Center and the American Red Cross are pleased to announce the launch of Teen Prep Kit, a unique resource designed to ...

Nobody can predict earthquakes, but we can forecast them. Here’s how

Global Disaster Preparedness Center 15 Feb 2023
After devastating earthquakes, it’s common to see discussion of earthquake prediction. An earthquake prediction requires, in advance, the specif...

Working with local partners – and nature – for flood resilience

Zurich Flood Alliance Jonathan Ulrich 27 Jan 2023
Building on the successful cooperation between the Red Cross of Montenegro and the municipality of Golubovci on the repair and construction of a flood...

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Avatar photo Vladislav Kovalevski 17 Apr 2023
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