July 23, 2011

Act to Prevent Disasters, Even If Uncertain

David Dickson, SciDev.Net


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The Horn of Africa drought exposes the continuing gap between our ability to predict disaster and to take effective humanitarian action.

Earlier this week, the UN declared the drought in southern Somalia had become so bad that it could be officially declared a famine — the first time the word had been applied to this region in almost 20 years.

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TAGGED: Drought, Famine, Humanitarian Aid, Natural Disaster

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