Why do governments prefer to clean up after disasters, and not reduce the risks?

Posted on November 2, 2006  /  0 Comments

An international committee tries to answer the question of why we don’t do more to reduce the risks of disasters (prevent hazards from becoming disasters). They lay the blame on all governments, but comparative data on the loss of life from disasters in the developing versus the developed world, shows that our government are more to blame. This was discussed in a publication that came out last December.

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | World ‘lacks will’ on disasters

Lives saved through risk reduction are invisible to the media, whereas people pulled from the rubble are highly visible

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