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Arab cities aim to build resilience to natural disasters | IRIN Global

Prevention may be better than a cure, but for the authorities in Arab cities and towns, natural disasters up to now have been largely about coping with them after they have taken place.

Children play in the flooded streets of the Yemeni capital, Sana'a. (Photo: Annasofie Flamand/IRIN)

Children play in the flooded streets of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a. (Photo: Annasofie Flamand/IRIN)

“We react to disasters without any planning; we just go for the response, and you know that without any planning you can’t do the proper things,” Abdulmalek Al-Jolahy, first deputy minister at Yemen’s Ministry of Public Works and Highways, told IRIN.

But disaster prevention experts say the region took a step in the right direction this month, with the official finalization of the Aqaba Declaration on Disaster Risk Reduction in Cities.

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