We live in a unpredictable world where disaster can strike at any time. Catastrophes can be natural, like the South Asia Tsunami that left over 300,000 people dead in 2004.
Or they can be made, like the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah fighters, which caused huge suffering and damage particularly in Lebanon.
But wathever the cause, getting help to victims is always a race against time. The aid and assistance that arrives in a disaster zone in te first hours and days is vital. It can make the difference between a catastrophe being brought under control or degenerating into a major humanitarian crisis.
Interviews:Pia Bucella : Director responsible for Civil Protection - European Commission.
Peter Kaas-Claesson: Danish Emergency Management Agency DEMA.
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