oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Disaster mitigation
|Article Title||Disaster mitigation|
|© Publisher:||South African Institution Of Civil Engineering (SAICE)|
|Journal||Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese|
|Affiliations||1 Department of Civil Engineering, University of Pretoria, Pretoria|
|Publication Date||Aug 1955|
|Pages||29 - 32|
|Keyword(s)||Disasters and International Decade of Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR)|
While engineers can build structures to reduce the effects of disasters, the aim should be prediction to help avoid disaster situations in the first place. Arising from the alarming world-wide increase in loss of life and physical damage owing to natural disasters, with the resultant secondary effects of lost income, unemployment and reduced productive capacity and economic growth, the United Nations General Assembly declared the period 1990-1999 to be the International Decade of Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR).
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