Before the Tsunami – Part 2

Earth Report
S9:Ep223 mins2005

The 2004 Asian Tsunami brought into sharp focus the urgent need for countries to be prepared for natural disasters. How many lives could have been saved, if sufficient warning systems been in place? The loss of life and damage from disasters like the Tsunami can set countries back by years in their development. According to the UN, between 1980 and 2000, 75 percent of the world's population lived in areas that were affected at least once by earthquakes, cyclones, floods or drought. But as each new disaster takes its toll, what are the lessons that can be learned? In Part 2 of this investigation, Earth Report travels to Kobe in Japan, to Bam in Iran and to the Swiss Alps, to see how communities are planning for the next natural disaster.

Video Language: English