Children, Youth and Disaster

Authored by: Agnes A. Babugura

The Routledge Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415590655
eBook ISBN: 9780203844236
Adobe ISBN: 9781136918698

10.4324/9780203844236.ch36

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Abstract

Disasters have devastating consequences, especially for children and the youth who make up one of the most vulnerable populations (Jabry 2005). In 2005, for example, 17,000 youth died in Pakistan due to an earthquake while more than 200 schoolchildren in the Philippines were buried alive in February 2006 due to a mudslide (ADPC 2007). Overall, between 1991 and 2000, about 75 million children under the age of fifteen and living in less affluent countries had their lives severely disrupted by disasters (Jabry 2005).

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