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Disaster Management

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Disaster management is a comprehensive term, which refers to all activities concerned with prevention, preparedness, and response. This chapter addresses different types of operations involved in disaster response. Various actors are involved in disaster response with different response times and often with little coordination. The chapter analyses the trend of current practice. Current practice is characterized by case-by case responses and voluntary implementation efforts, but it is also encumbered with political and operational problems. The chapter examines whether the victims of natural disasters have the right to humanitarian assistance as a part of their human rights. It also examines how remote sensing can support disaster management, including the analysis of successful operational programmes based on voluntary assistance.

Keywords: Disaster Charter; disaster management; human rights; humanitarian assistance; Indian Ocean Tsunami; natural disasters; satellite remote sensing



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