After Tasmania’s year of disasters, bushfire tops the state’s growing list of natural hazards

After Tasmania’s year of disasters, bushfire tops the state’s growing list of natural hazards

White, Trundle, McEvoy, Corney, and Remenyi

2016

Tasmania has had a damaging year, with the island state hit by a series of bushfires and floods.

Now a comprehensive new assessment of Tasmania’s exposure to natural disasters shows that bushfire remains the number one hazard to people and property, while also highlighting a range of new threats. These include coastal flooding, pandemic influenza and – despite being Australia’s most southerly state – an increasing likelihood of heatwaves.

The 2016 Tasmanian State Natural Disaster Risk Assessment (TSNDRA) aims to provide emergency services with key information to help prepare for and reduce the impact of disasters.

Read more of this article from The Conversation here.

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