As the GPDRR was taking place from 12th – 17th May in Geneva, Switzerland thousands of people from South of Africa were either recovering orbs reconstructing from the events of Cyclone Idai, that ravaged 3 countries, Malawi, Mozambique and parts of Lesotho. As the Kenya4Resilience Network we managed to have 4 people attend the 5 day conference which was attended by both state and non state actors, drawing the following lessons from the event
Disasters are increasing in both frequency and severity. According to UNDRR 2017 estimates, disasters claimed deaths of more than 10,000 people and economic damage of about USD 306 Billion. Low lying countries, small island states including mostly developing countries are at the greatest risk of being affected by disasters including negative effects of climate change.
As part of the growing reporting of both online and offline on disasters, it is imperative that we distinguish between disasters and events and how the two correlate with each other. bringing these two totally different issues into perspective will enable us comprehend disaster and events and how best to approach, report and act on them going forward. The use of language strips disaster of their social, political and economic contexts, making injustice to be pervasive
An event is a natural occurrence that humans have no control of. Be it typhoon, heavy rains and earthquakes, these events have been happening for a long time, however, when they get into contact with human beings including settlement is when a disaster occurs.
Reporting disasters should be factual, independent and most of all reliable as it affects risk peoples perception on risk including shaping public perception of how disasters are affected by issues such as climate change, rapid urbanization, high population growth and ecological degradation.