Events such as the Colombia mudslide, the recent Peru floods, and last October’s Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, highlight the need to address the underlying social and economic forces that place human settlements at risk.
More than 34 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean still suffer from hunger, but the region is boosting its ability to make agriculture sustainable and ensure food security by curbing disaster risk.
Severe drought, flooding, heavy rains and temperature rises are all known effects of El Niño that can lead to food insecurity and malnutrition, disease outbreaks, acute water shortages, and disruption of health services.
This figure exceeds the number of people affected in 2014. Drought is the disaster that affected the most people, followed by excessive rains, floods and epidemics like dengue, chikungunya and cholera.
Community-based approach treats school construction as a community learning opportunity to better understand risks, collectively commit to safety, and to learn and apply strategies for safer construction.
Humanitarian workers are increasingly turning to ‘medium-low’ or ‘low-tech’ solutions as some of the infrastructure that is needed to implement ‘high-tech’ solutions is non-existent in rapid-onset or complex emergencies.