For the urban coastal city of Hong Kong, typhoons are a regular occurrence from May to October. Consequently, Hong Kong’s infrastructure is designed to cope with the strong winds, floods, and storm surges they bring. Recently, however, the territory experienced two powerful storms in consecutive years. In 2017, Super Typhoon Hato struck the region, and in the following year, the city witnessed Super Typhoon Mangkhut, the strongest typhoon since 1983. But Hong Kong suffered lower economic losses from both storms when compared with the neighboring Guangdong region and the city of Macau, thanks partly to its well-coordinated response and resilient infrastructure.
With 1 billion, or 15% of the world’s population, experiencing a form of disability, and 80% of whom living in low- and middle-income countries, it is crucial that persons with disabilities be accounted for in disaster risk management activities.
There have been calls for the world to be better prepared for the next pandemic if and when it comes. Additional financing for preparedness could help expand the support that the World Bank and others provide to countries and regional institutions.
Whilst the tense COP26 climate negotiations closed with a compromise deal only a few weeks ago, the urgent need for action is indisputable. It is, essential for governments and businesses to focus action on reducing emissions.
The emotional trauma from product shortages early into the pandemic is understandably fresh. Unfortunately, a new bout of surging demand could significantly stress already strained food supply chains due to ongoing global supply chain disruptions.