The Hazards Presented by Hurricane Events Have the Greatest Effects on the Poorest People in the World? (Discuss)

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The Hazards Presented by Hurricane Events have the Greatest Effects on the Poorest People in the world? (discuss) 40 Marks Tropical storms are defined as low pressure systems that form over tropical seas and can devastate areas of human settlements with hurricane force winds and floods. The severity of these impacts varies greatly depending on a countries development levels and is attributable to numerous factors such as: infrastructure, job structure, the provision of service, prediction technology and how much aid is received. Hurricane Katrina and Cyclone are two examples of tropical storms that affected areas drastically apart in economic development. The level of development in an area is an important factor that affects the impacts of natural hazards. Typically, LEDCs are seen to experience hazards with impacts considered worse than those in many MEDCs, even from the same hazard type. This is partly due to the fact that LEDCs often do not have the capital to invest in 'up-to-date' prediction and monitoring technology. They may even have a poor education system because of restricted capital, meaning that there are very few specialists in the country with the knowledge of hazards needed to prepare for them. Poor infrastructure means that information about impending hazards does not always reach those who are to be affected, leaving little time to prepare or evacuate. This increases the vulnerability of the population and therefore the risk of problematic impacts, this particularly true when Cyclone Nargis struck in May 2008 and caused huge devastation in the military dictatorship of Myanmar,$10 billion worth in damage, majority of the population worked on the flooded rice fields therefore they lost their harvest and their income, 75% of buildings collapsed but on the delta 95% collapsed. Bu the Cyclone also had many social impacts a death toll of at least

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