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Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Times of Disaster

Until a month ago, Emilio Neas’ region in Haiti was rich in agriculture and beautiful sand beaches. Now, as a result of Hurricane Matthew, over a thousand people are dead and thousands have lost their homes and livelihoods. The delivery of humanitarian aid is hampered by impassable roads and now, a heavy rain that is flooding the rivers and streams.

Hurricanes in my Backyard

October 13 is the International Day for Disaster Reduction. "Hurricanes in my Backyard" is the second part of a series to commemorate both the lessons and the work of disabled persons organizations on disaster risk and resilience. Kerry Thompson, a Louisiana native, reflects on what the world learned from Hurricane Katrina.