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Natural disasters are more common now than they have been ever before. Globally, climates are changing and natural hazards are becoming routine. This book is a study of natural hazards and how they turn into disasters—with a focus on Asian countries. It takes a holistic view of the subject and discusses different concepts of disaster management to understand both theory as well as practice. The book also explains best practices and the most effective tools for alleviating the consequences of such disasters.


A disaster is a sudden catastrophe, causing extreme disruption of the functioning of a society and leading to widespread human, material, or environmental losses that transcend the ability of the affected society to cope with its own resources. Disasters have the characteristic to occur at random, spontaneously, and at speed. ...

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