Urgent Need for a More Effective Disaster Management and Prevention Regime

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WITH FLASH FLOODS and air pollution to the occasional landslides, Penang is no stranger to natural disasters. As general development continues at a dizzying pace and the impact of climate change becomes more apparent, the frequency and severity of these disasters naturally increase. Studies have shown that Penang is expected to experience longer periods of dry spell and intense rainfall. Coastal and low-lying areas are likewise expected to be inundated by rising sea levels and thunderstorms, threatening the State’s food production and water supply. Great economic losses and social upheaval are anticipated, along with the loss of human lives. Disaster management in ...


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