How vulnerable are cities? One interesting fact is that for the first time in human history more people live in cities than in rural areas. Many of these cities are located on the coast and are threatened by floods, storms, earthquakes and other natural hazards. Swiss Reinsurance Company perhaps better known as Swiss Re has published a very interesting paper on the risks that cities face: Mind the Risk: A global ranking of cities under threat from natural disasters.
The impact of a natural disaster in a densely populated area can be catastrophic. This is why disaster planning is nowhere more urgent than in the world’s big urban centers. The United Nations expects 6.3 billion people or 68% of the world’s population to be living in urban areas by 2050, with the highest increase occurring in high growth markets.
This free report includes a risk analysis of 616 metropolitan areas. It has details on regional findings in the following geographic locations:
- Asia and Oceania
- North and Central America
- South America
Building city resilience is critical – download this free and timely report and use it to revisit your hazard vulnerability assessment and business impact analysis.