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The inhabitants of Karonga Town in Malawi are at risk from major disasters, such
as flooding, earthquakes and droughts. They are also at risk from everyday hazards

Urban resilience is a product of the capacity of households to absorb stress, adapt to, and transform scope for action in managing risk.

The extent to which cities in Africa face climate change and natural hazard related
disaster risks is shaped by much more than just their exposure to hazard. Past and

Sub-Saharan Africa’s rapid urbanisation presents a significant opportunity to plan
and manage more resilient and sustainable towns and cities. Decision makers

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