Disasters inflame poverty fears

As published in Vietnam Investment Review on 05/06/2012

UN estimateds suggest that between 1975 and 2000, 94 per cent of all people killed by disasters worldwide were living on low or lower-middle incomes. This shows just how vulnerable poor people are to disasters and climate risks. They are vulnerable because they often live in more disaster prone areas, have less income and limited access to economic, social and political capital. Usually it is women, children, the elderly and marginalised households who are most at risk. "Repeated disasters and the impact of climate change could potentially slow down the extraordinary progress Viet Nam has made to reduce poverty" said Pratibha Mehta, UN Resisent Coordinator in Viet Nam.

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