Hurricane Irma is wreaking havoc in Florida after leaving a trail of death and destruction on islands in the Caribbean.
Neighbouring Mexico is recovering from its strongest earthquake in 85 years. That came days after Hurricane Harvey caused widespread flooding and a chemical plant explosion in Texas.
Recovery and rebuilding often cost billions of dollars.
How do countries cope with whatever nature throws at them?
Presenter: Jane Dutton
Nigel Tricks – East Africa Regional Director for Oxfam.
Tim Forsyth – Professor of Environment and Development, London School of Economics.
James Daniell – Natural hazards risk consultant