Stop propagating disaster myths
Von Claude de Ville de Goyet
The international response to the tragic earthquake in Turkey, the recent cyclone in India, and other natural disasters such as the floods in Venezuela highlights the need to reassess the myths and realities surrounding disasters, and to find ways to stop these destructive tales.
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*Claude de Ville de Goyet, former Head of the Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Coordination Program, PAHO/WHO, Washington, DC 20037, USA