Launch December 20, 2019
Registration closes: May2nd 2020
Submission Deadline: May 13th 2020
Public Voting begins: May 23rd 2020
Public Voting ends: June 13th 2020
Result Announcement: June 23rd 2020
For centuries, earthquakes have been an inevitable phenomenon that bring destruction and devastation all around the world and we aren’t any more prepared or equipped to deal with them than we used to be. This is a worldwide issue and although some countries like Japan are better prepared with the proper infrastructure to deal with these disasters, still many countries remain that are powerless in the face of these disasters. Countries like Iran, Indonesia and Turkey which are some of the countries that are most prone to earthquakes but don’t have the necessary infrastructure to minimize the damages.
One of the most recent examples of these catastrophic earthquakes is the one that happened in Kermanshah, Iran and another one of the most destructive ones was the 2003 Bam earthquake both of which resulted in severe loss of life and devastation during and after they happened. Calamities like these happen all around the world frequently and cost the lives and livelihoods of thousands of people, yet no major solutions have been put forward.
By reaching a solution on how to manage these disasters and deal with their destruction and damages, we could potentially save many lives and prevent the loss of a notable sum of resources.
But the question still remains, how do we approach this issue that not only provides a solution for immediate relief after disaster strikes, but also foresees steps and precautions that can be taken beforehand to lessen the damages and ease the process of rebuilding.
The problem of disaster management and providing shelter and basic needs after a natural disaster has been a long-lasting issue that hasn’t had any significant progression. Today, 2 years after the earthquake in Kermanshah many people are still living in temporary containers and haven’t been able to resume their ordinary day to day lives.
After all, how do we provide a large number of spaces for injured and traumatized people in a short amount of time? How much can we plan a head? Or maybe find a way around this issue because for as far as we know earthquakes are bound to happen whether we are prepared or not.
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