From the United Nations’ IRIN News (Integrated Regional Information Networks) office comes a good analysis of disasters in 2012 in Asia, including 10 key data findings from the year:
BANGKOK, 11 December 2012 (IRIN) – The good news: fewer people died from natural disasters in Asia in 2012 than in previous years. The bad news: between January and October, natural disasters still claimed more lives here than anywhere else in the world – and experts predict the trend will continue as populations and industries expand in a region that already houses the world’s largest number of urban residents.
“Cities are growing. There will be even more people and factories. If you think we have a problem now, we will have even more in the future,” said Jerry Velasquez, head of the Asia-Pacific office for the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The agency estimates the number of people living in flood-prone urban areas in East Asia may reach 67 million by 2060.
Read the full article, with the 10 key data findings, on IRIN News.