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Assess the statement “ Disasters do not just happen, they result from failures of development, which increase vulnerability to hazard events.” (12 marks)
Really think about the key word of assess in the statement - how much detail do you need, any recent case studies you've completed, and if there's any counter-arguments. Volcanic eruptions - how could any development not cause a distaster?
I'd be tempted to look into lines such as:
............. What does failure of development mean? If it means buiding in dangerous areas (no land-use zoning) then the statement rings true. If it doesn't then natural disasters will occur anyway - Especially tectonic/atmospheric hazards......
.............. What physical factors contribute. Think of tsunami waves being funnelled higher by islands, or the topography of a landscape funneling flood water. ie in 2007 Severn floods one reason teweksbury flooded was that is lied at the confluence of 3 major rivers plus more contributaries....