As many as 60 experts from 20 Asian countries gathered at a meeting in Thua Thien-Hue province on August 25 to evaluate the impact of natural disasters in the region.
Neil R. Britton, a senior expert on natural disaster risk management from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), said his bank has given top priority in natural disaster control to anti-natural disaster programmes, calling for financial assistance and tightening cooperation among social organisations and non-government organisations.
From 1987 to 2009, ADB disbursed over 9.6 billion USD in aid to Asian countries to cope with natural calamities, including 19 percent in relief aid, 45 percent in control programmes and 36 percent in resettlement.
The biggest development bank in the continent has funded 11 relevant projects worth over 428 million USD for Vietnam during the above-mentioned period.
The three-day workshop under the co-sponsorship of Hue Economic University , the University of Delhi, India, and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, Belgium , is part of the Microdis project, short for ‘micro analysis of disasters’.
The project aims to strengthen prevention, mitigation and preparedness strategies in order to reduce health, social and economic impacts of any natural disasters on communities in Asia .
The continent is predicted to be the most vulnerable to climate change. Droughts, floods and rising sea water levels are threatening the lives of millions of people in the region.
Southeast Asia is called a hot spot of storms in the world as over 10 storms wreck havoc in the region annually.
During the past three decades, Asia was hit by 85 percent of natural disasters in the world and suffered 75 percent of damages caused by natural disasters to the world./.