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Why do some countries cope better in dealing with disasters than others?

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Why do some countries cope better in dealing with disasters than others? Countries like Tokyo, Hawaii, Monserrat, Mexico, San Francisco; countries in South America and villages around Mt. Etna have to cope with earthquakes and volcanoes. Some countries do not cope better than others in dealing with disasters such as earthquakes and volcanoes because they may not have as much money than other countries. For example South America has very little money. The facts of that they have little money means that nearly all of their larger buildings have not got anything like the technology, which the richer countries like Tokyo have. ...read more.

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Population is also a problem. Although Tokyo has more money and technology than Mexico or countries in South America its population makes it very difficult to evacuate everyone to a safe place in time. It is difficult to find a place that is big enough to fit Tokyo's population once they start to evacuate. Even if there is not such a big population it can be difficult to evacuate somewhere like Hawaii and the other Hawaiian Islands and to get everyone off the island. It would also be difficult to evacuate people that live near Mt. Etna. Poorer countries tend to have a poor education. ...read more.

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They also may not have such a good medical service due to the GNP being low. There might not be enough ambulance services to help the wounded or injured to get to hospitals to be treated. They might not have as many hospitals in the needed areas to treat patients. During a disaster hospitals could be destroyed or damaged, unable to help any one. Also because of a lack of education there are not as many doctors or nurses than richer, more educated countries. It might be difficult for the medical services if the land was marshy and difficult to reach some people. They might not be able to cope as well as other countries because it might not have very good contact or communication with other countries when there is a disaster and need help or support. Lucy Skinner ...read more.

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