Artwork of the Week 44

44Demolition By Joan Evans

The image is an abstract depiction of a demolished place. A demolished place is a place that is completely destroyed with torn down buildings and structures.

Demolitions can arise from many factors including war and natural disasters like tsunamis, floods and hurricanes.
On The 5th of November we celebrate the World Tsunami Awareness Day. This first celebration in 2016 is running under the theme effective education and evacuation Drill. As tourism continues to grow in Tsunami prone regions, more people from across different nations are being put in harm’s way. The observance of the day would help to spread awareness among people across the world in matters related to the dangers of tsunami and shall stress on the importance of early warning systems in order to mitigate damage from the often devastating natural hazard.
The UN estimates that, in the past 100 years, more than 260,000 people have perished in 58 separate tsunamis. People are often left without homes, access to clean drinking water, community buildings and other important structures like hospitals and schools. It is a very costly process to rebuild these structures and restore the community to its former condition.
There are also a number of secondary health concerns following a tsunami. Dead and decaying bodies that are not properly handled can harbour infection and cause illness in rescue workers, leading to outbreaks of various bacterial diseases.
Public awareness will help focus attention on measure which can be taken to reduce risk from both man-made and natural disasters.

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