Disaster Risks in Latin America
October 8, 2010 Leave a comment
Many Latin American countries still treat disaster risk as a low priority matter, assigning very few funds mainly to disaster response, rather than to disaster preparation. Smaller countries depend on international assistance during crises.
A new edition of Indicators of Disaster Risk and Risk Management details the potential economic losses a group of 17 countries in this region could suffer in the event of a natural disaster and evaluates how effective their governments are in managing these risks. The indicators show that the region’s systems and policies to manage disaster risk are still unsatisfactory – five years after the indicators were introduced by the IDB.