South and South-East Asia

Asia is a continent prone to a broad range of natural hazards that cause a great deal of death and destruction. For example, a wind and storm surge associated with a tropical cyclone in the Gulf of Bengal in 2008 devastated the Irrawaddy delta, resulting in more than 140,000 deaths.
Unprecedented levels of rainfall in 2009 drenched the Philippines creating widespread flooding and landslides. Southeast Asia experienced a devastating drought in 2009–2010. The tragic tsunami that struck on 26 December 2004, one of the largest ever recorded, killed more than 220,000 people in 13 countries on the coast of the Indian Ocean.
Bangladesh (2007) and Myanmar (2008) were hit by tropical cyclones that left thousands dead and vast landscapes flattened by wind and water. Nearly 40% of the world's largest and most densely populated port cities are in Asia, including many located on deltas vulnerable to coastal flooding.
In Bangladesh, storm surges claimed 300,000 lives in 1970 and 140,000 in 1991. Flood shelters and elevated structures have been built to house flood victims. But it is not certain this will keep people out of harm's way.

South Asia includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. South-East Asia consist of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam.


South Asia


South-East Asia

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