Natural disaster risks

Thinking Realistically About Disaster Risk

Many can’t forget the foreboding satellite images of Hurricane Katrina in the hours before it made landfall on America’s southeastern coastline. The devastation that followed left 80 percent of New Orleans inundated, forced tens of thousands of residents to take refuge on rooftops and in sports stadiums, and lead to $135 billion in total damages. In the aftermath of Katrina, amid feelings of sympathy were those of bewilderment—why did government fail to prepare for a disaster that was fairly predictable? After all, hurricanes are frequent along the Gulf Coast. ….[READ]

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