Rapid, national, local and community response is key to saving lives during a tsunami

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

“Major gaps and weaknesses urgently need to be dealt with at the national, local and community levels to ensure that early warning systems -especially in the event of a fast-moving tsunami- save the lives and livelihoods of coastal inhabitants” said Joe Chung, of the U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, at the end of a three-day conference on early warning systems in the Indian Ocean.

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