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United front

Letters to the editor

Louis Solway (NCE last week) should recognise that much of the work done under the auspices of the UN's International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR) directly addresses the need for engineers to encourage governments to take measures which will mitigate the effects of natural disasters.

Without the efforts of the IDNDR in the last 10 years, natural hazard prevention would be a lot lower down the list of priorities of those countries most at risk.

Tony Eades, secretary, UK National Co-ordination Committee for the IDNDR, The Royal Academy of Engineering, 29 Great Peter Street, London SW1P 3LW

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