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The migrant worker crisis was a disaster waiting to happen. Manoej Paatee/Shutterstock

India’s pandemic exodus was a biological disaster and stranded migrant workers should be classified as internally displaced

India had the legal ability to classify migrant workers as internally displaced and offer them protection, but instead they were marooned and left to the mercy of fate.
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in increased adoption of communication and network technologies. (Shutterstock)

Digital technologies will help build resilient communities after the coronavirus pandemic

Internet technologies and the devices that enable information access and transfer are useful in crisis management. Accessing these readily available digital technologies can help community resiliency.
The Bishop’s Palace of Chrysopolitissa (Paphos, Cyprus), possibly destroyed by an earthquake in the medieval period. Paolo Forlin

How medieval Europe recovered from earthquakes

Medieval disaster response was not so different to the measures we use today.
The consequences of underinsurance aren’t just personal. They potentially harm local communities permanently, as those unable to rebuild move away. Dean Lewins/AAP

A crisis of underinsurance threatens to scar rural Australia permanently

One lesson from Australia’s past bushfire disasters is that too many homes are underinsured. But it’s a lesson we’ve failed to learn.
A firefighter walks along a containment line while battling a 2018 wildfire in Redding, California. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Data science could help Californians battle future wildfires

Researchers like myself are finding transformative new ways to help planners, leaders and first responders tackle disasters from afar.

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