Before the flood: Are we prepared?

KATHMANDU, June 10: Ready or not, the monsoon is upon us again. The first gentle rains come as a boon, helping farmers start cultivating the land on which their livelihood largely depends. But shortly thereafter, the monsoon unleashes its fury, bringing deaths and disasters with scant warning and leaving chaos and confusion in its wake.

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The miracle of mangroves for coastal protection in numbers

The North Atlantic hurricane season officially opens June 1, and there are predictions that storms this year could be worse than average again. That would be bad since last year was the costliest year on record for coastal storms. Communities and countries across the Caribbean and SE USA were particularly hard hit. The need for resilient solutions to reduce these risks is paramount.

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