Asia Bears the Brunt of Natural Disasters

Although the final toll isn’t in yet from Super Typhoon Bopha, which devastated the southern Philippine islands of Mindanao and Visayas, United Nations agencies say fewer people have died so far in 2012 than in previous years in natural disasters. However, such calamities claimed more lives in Asia between January and October than anywhere else on the planet, What’s more, analysts expect the toll to rise in future years as populations and industries expand in a region that already houses the world’s largest number of urban residents and as weather events grow ever more severe because of climate change. Growing populations are pushing more and more onto flood plains and environmentally vulnerable regions where they are disastrously at risk, as in the Compostela Valley in northern Mindanao, which had been environmentally devastated by illegal mining and logging before being hit 10 days ago.

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