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'Africa unprepared for natural disasters'

African leaders have been criticised for not budgeting or planning to deal with natural disasters.

African leaders have been criticised for not budgeting or planning to deal with natural disasters.

CAPE TOWN - African leaders have been criticised for not budgeting or planning to deal with natural disasters.

It was one of the challenges raised at the Understanding Risk Forum currently underway in Cape Town.

It is a meeting of international Disaster Management Experts and Government Policy Makers. But The African Development Bank's Ebrima Faal said it is similar to an insurance policy, which most African heads of state ignore.

"The idea of buying insurance is not a very common thing in our African society, and really I think we buy insurance hoping that when disaster strikes, we can then recover from it," Faal said.

"Most governments, until recently, are not really fully aware of the need to build a disaster risk management plan into their budgets."

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