As May 31st comes around yet again, I’m reminded of this date 48 years ago. The peaceful South American country of Peru was going about another normal day… until the clock struck 3:23 pm. Life…

Jorge Luis Alva-Luperdi |

Ecuador is paying more and more attention to data collection and disaster risk management across sectors​. The Cruz-Castro Family searching for their belongings after the 2016 earthquake in…

Diana Rubiano |

When you think of Peru, the first city that usually comes to mind is Lima. Why? Well, because Lima is the largest city in the country, with close to 50% of the nation’s urban population living in…

Zoe Elena Trohanis |

Photo: Evan Blaser/Flickr The concentration of population in cities and their exposure to seismic hazards constitute one of the greatest disaster risks facing Peru and Ecuador. In 2007, a…

Sofía Guerrero Gámez, Georges Darido, Ignacio Sánchez D’Ocon, Naho Shibuya |

This page in: Français Credit: Tracy Ben/ Shutterstock “At 14:28:04 on May 12, 2008, an 8.0 earthquake struck suddenly, shaking the earth, with mountains and rivers shifted, devastated, and parted…

Sameh Wahba, Luis Benveniste |

Also available in: Español Photo: Ministerio de Defensa del Perú/Flickr The rains in northern Peru have been 10 times stronger than usual this year, leading to floods, landslides and a declaration…

Irene Portabales González, Ignacio Sánchez D’Ocon, Sofía Guerrero Gámez, Montserrat Bordas Geli |

Also available in: Español | 中文 [[tweetable]] Why resilient cities need resilient housing. [[/tweetable]] Download the full version of the slideshow here.  The scene is as familiar as it is tragic…

Luis Triveno, Elizabeth Hausler, Niels Holm-en, Peter Yanev |

In Mali, residents of Timbuktu take part in the maintenance of the Djingareyber Mosque, a World Heritage Site, applying traditional repair techniques. (Tiecoura Ndaou / UN Photo) Imagine a city…

Sameh Wahba, Barbara Minguez Garcia |

How many school children can be endangered by the schools themselves? The answer was over 600, 000 in metropolitan Lima alone.   In the region, fraught with frequent seismic activity, nearly two-…

Joe Leitmann |

There has been a doubling in the number of developing countries that provide social safety programs to their citizens. What is causing this shift? Photo: Mohammad Al-Arief/World Bank Social safety…

Michal Rutkowski |