Most Nepalese disasters are ignored

The world has rightly turned its attention to the tragedy unfolding in Nepal. Next week a different story will grab the headlines. Meanwhile reality for Nepali people is that disasters continue every day. They are much smaller in scale – landslides, floods and other events causing death, injury and destruction affecting tens rather than thousands. 

A UN report1 documents the surprising reality that these small scale events account for greater mortality overall than headline disasters. GNDR's work2 shows that the same is true of many other countries. Until we are able to broaden our focus from headline events to everyday disasters death and losses will continue to grow, in Nepal and worldwide.

1 UNISDR, 'Reducing Vulnerability and Exposure to Disaster', The Asia-Pacific Disaster Report (2012), p.21 http://www.unisdr.org/files/29288_apdr2012finallowres.pdf
2 GNDR, 'Frontline' http://www.gndr.org/programmes/frontline-programme/everyday-disasters.html

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