Storm Surge

The Hon. Saber Chowdhury, Member of Parliament of Bangladesh, spoke on the need to increase investment in disaster prevention at the Asia-Pacific Partnership Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, in Brisbane, Australia on 12 November.
Bangladesh declared climate change to be a “planetary emergency” and called on the world to work “on a war footing” to combat it and reduce its impacts.
Climate change is contributing to increasing damage to critical infrastructure around the globe, according to a twelve-year survey of damages caused by small- and medium-scale disasters
Hurricane Dorian as a category five storm viewed from space - NASA image
Hurricane Dorian crystallizes the existential threat posed to small island developing states by the ongoing climate emergency, says UNDRR chief, Mami Mizutori
At today's DRR Conference in Dushanbe, (left) Corinne Demenge, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; Mami Mizutori, UNDRR; Rustam Nazarzoda, Chair, Committee of Emergency Situations, Tajikistan; Tajikistan Deputy PM, Mahmadtoir Zokirzoda.
The head of UNDRR, Mami Mizutori, today announced a new urban resilience programme for Central Asia supported by the Euroopean Commission at a DRR Conference in Dushanbe,Tajikistan
Visual representation of cascading risk (c)UNDRR/James Brown, GAR2019
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE) and the Ministry of the Interior for Finland have joined together to develop a new stress test tool that will help countries understand and improve their ability to reduce risk of hybrid threats and cascading disaster scenarios.
(c)Dwi Oblo/ASB Indonesia and the Philippines. Two members of a Disabled People's Organisation (DPO), wearing khaki vests, are delivering a hygiene promotion session for community members of Mantikole Village, Sigi, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
The Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitment (SFVC) first Synthesis and Analysis Report was launched in Geneva during the recent Global Platform. Voluntary Commitments (VCs) are made by multiple stakeholders (private sector, local governments, civil society organizations, academia, media, etc.) in support of the implementation of the Sendai Framework, the global roadmap for reducing disaster loses by 2030.
Early warning and early action saved thousands when Cyclone Mora struck Bangladesh in 2017 (Source: IFRC)
Events such as last year's deadly Sulawesi tsunami in Indonesia underline the importance of communication and outreach to vulnerable populations.
Thailand's storm Pabuk caused damage to schools, flooded streets and brought down trees (Image: LAKANA SMART NEWS/TWITTER)
In the aftermath of Storm Pabuk, UNISDR is working with the Government of Thailand to align its national disaster management plan with the Sendai Framework.
The Risk Award 2019 will celebrate efforts in coastal resilience
Nominations are now open for the 2019 Risk Award to be awarded to an individual or organization for outstanding recognized action that contributes to building the resilience of costal nations and communities which are particularly exposed to extreme storms, erosion, sea level rise and environmental changes.
"Reducing economic losses from disasters has the power to transform lives," says Mami Mizutori, head of UNISDR
The Sendai Seven Campaign continues. This year International Day for Disaster Reduction, October 13, will focus on target (c) of the Sendai Framework, reducing economic losses.