Preventing emergencies better than curing them

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Is it still considered bad form to talk politics during a social gathering?

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A: It’s a big challenge. People are crowded together in small areas very often, often very poor. Rescue services are very poor. Operations for disasters are very poor. That’s why there’s a risk of a major calamity. That’s what we’re trying to address. Some of the mayors of these cities are conscious of this and are trying to put in place comprehensive disaster-reduction and management plans. We’re encouraging them to do that. There may be cases where the sea-level rise becomes a huge factor. Not now, but in 30, 40, 50 years time when some parts of cities may become uninhabitable.

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