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Keeping an eye on natural hazards: Lessons learned to become more resilient

The number of disasters and their magnitude are growing at an unprecedented rate. While there has been a decline in disaster mortality (in relative terms) over the last decade, in most places there has not been significant success in halting the substantial increase in economic losses. This results in profound knock-on effects to economic growth and development as well as to the general well-being of society. Learning from past events in a systematic and deep manner is highly relevant. This paper addresses compound risks and explains why a multiple-risk radar is more important than ever. It provides a glimpse of wildfire reviews and updates the extensive series of post-flood studies. The COVID-19 crisis is another reminder of the need to constantly update the risk radar and reflect on what's changed or is about to change and how the world can better recognize the early indicators in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to an event.

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