With preparation, communities can protect themselves

Climate change is causing increasing extreme weather that is destroying lives and livelihoods.

Deborah in Peru (1st image) saw her house almost completely destroyed by a landslide caused by torrential rain. Committed to ensure this never happened again, she joined a community ‘brigade’ organised by Practical Action.

The group monitors rainfall, and if it reaches levels likely to cause mudslides on the adjacent hillsides, the alarm is raised. The community volunteers rush to visit vulnerable people and help get them to designated places of safety. The group has also lobbied the local authorities, who have now installed tiered stretches of wire mesh fencing that go up the slopes and break the momentum of landslides.

All this preparation has proven its worth many times in recent years. Disasters were avoided and life could quickly return to normal.

Disasters caused by extreme weather are not normal. They only become disasters when people are not prepared to withstand and recover from them. You can find out more or contribute to our work to help people protect themselves.

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“We have a camera on the hillside that measures rainfall. We brigade members have an application on a cell phone that tells us when to raise the alarm”

Deborah, Peru



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  • Turn desert into lush fields in Sudan, so farmers can thrive despite climate change
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People living in poor communities have never faced such a tough reality.

  • Climate change has caused an increase in devastating floods, storms and landslides. We can help communities avoid disaster.
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