Knowledge comes by the truckload, but wisdom arrives one mouthful at a time
Disaster: it strikes anytime, anywhere. It takes many forms –a flood, a hurricane, a fire, an earthquake, a tornado or a hazardous spill; an act of nature or an act of terrorism.
It builds up over days or weeks, or hits suddenly, without warning. Every year, millions of people face disaster and its terrifying consequences.
Developing countries are hit harder by disasters than countries with economic wealth. For the more wealthy countries it is of course much easier to invest in the prevention of potential risks.
Disasters need to be managed in order to control them or at least to mitigate the effects. A good disaster preparedenss plan should address issues relevant to all phases of the disaster cycle: preparedness, response, recovery, rebuilding, prevention, mitigation.
Surviving the Tsunami: Stories of Hope, an AlertNet multimedia documentary created for the fifth anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, has won a top prize in the prestigious Best of Photojournalism Awards 2010.
The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami killed 226,000 people - and touched billions more through iconic imagery. But from the tragedy came stories of hope, compassion and dignity. Five years after the tsunami, survivors whose lives were transformed reveal the strength of the human spirit. With personal accounts from Indonesia, India, Sweden and Sri Lanka, and lots of data on the enormous effect of this natural disaster.
20 February 2013
We emptied Syria's museums
19 February 2013
The ancient manuscripts of Timbuktu are a door into Africa's golden age. We must not let this crisis threaten their survival
These manuscripts are our identity
Mosaics depicting scenes from Homer?s epic poem The Odyssey.
18 February 2013
Press, reigime and propaganda
International Conference on Protection of Cultural Property in Asia
17 February 2013
Mosaics were stolen during illegal excavation