Flash floods have increased and become more unpredictable, and their toll on lives and livelihoods is growing as well. There is much we still don’t know about how to manage floods, but there are key policy actions we can take now.
Business interruption insurance is an essential tool for business continuity. How small and medium-sized enterprises handle post-disaster disruption could be the difference between reopening their doors or closing them for good.
Governments in the region need to invest more in prevention and response to the long-term impacts of disaster displacement.
Post-disaster strategies help farmers overcome immediate losses while they wait for assistance.
Disaster preparedness, combined with updated risk information and timely assessments of damages and needs, were critical for Tonga’s response to the undersea volcanic eruption.
‘Build back better’ is often easier said than done after a disaster, but one example from the People’s Republic of China shows that it can be done well.
The cost of disasters far outweighs the resources available for recovery. Microfinance could be one way to fill the funding gap.
The region’s tragic monsoon floods show the importance of scaling up disaster risk reduction efforts before new emergencies unfold.