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Spirit Of Sendai

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No other region in the world illustrates the now chronic nature of displacement caused by extreme weather events and climate change more than Asia and the Pacific. Last year, 18.8 million people were forced to run for their lives from floods, storms and earthquakes in 135 countries across the globe. Once again, it was the most disaster-prone region in the world which bore the brunt of this human exodus, 11.4 million people from across East and South Asia and the Pacific islands.

This year has not started well for the region with reports suggesting that a million people have been displaced by heavy monsoon rains, floods and landslides in India and Bangladesh, where the cyclone season also threatens. Despite successes in reducing loss of life in recent years, thanks to early warning systems and improved preparedness, Asia still accounted for almost 50 per cent of the worldwide loss of life from disasters last year. Economic losses were in the region of $34 billion, a loss which many developing countries can ill........

© Indian Express