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Disasters hit the poorest hardest. They occur when natural hazards such as earthquakes hit vulnerable people.

Disasters aggravate poverty and undermine long-term development.

Poor nations need assistance in coping with crises, but the global community must also work with communities to reduce the the risk and impact of disasters.

View the film below to learn more.


Sink or swim? Fighting disaster and inequality

India's east coast communities suffered terribly from the tsunami of 2004, which made headlines around the world. Less well covered in the news are the annual cyclones that pummel the very same coastline. Year after year, the lives and homes of the most vulnerable have to be rebuilt. This film, one of a series commissioned, editorially controlled and produced by Guardian Films, asks what can be done to stop this cycle of disaster and debt.

We know that money spent on disaster risk reduction saves lives, and reduces the amount of money required for direct humanitarian aid. Watch the Christian Aid film from Honduras for another example of how effective this work can be.

Bridge over troubled waters

Case Study

Worldwide, 90 per cent of disaster-related spending goes on emergency relief and reconstruction. But every £1 spent on disaster risk reduction can save £4 in disaster-response costs.

This video shows how Christian Aid has helped a riverside village in Honduras to build an escape route from the storms, floods and landslides that come with the hurricane season each year.

Christian Aid helps poor people in disaster-prone areas to understand, prepare for and cope with the threats they face. This includes training in rainfall and river monitoring, alarm systems, evacuation plans, building projects, damage assessment and repair work.