Growth Plans Must Include Disaster Risk Reduction

By Lee Khiam Jin

September 2012 FEATURE
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Tropical Cyclone Sidr in the Bay of Bengal in 2007.
One bad natural disaster can undo decades of hard-earned development. It is therefore only rational for governments of developing countries to take measures to minimise damage. The problem is investments in risk reduction are not always politically beneficial in the short term.The Asia-Pacific remains a very vulnerable region. Eighty six per cent of its total population were affected by natural disasters, accounting for a staggering 85% of deaths globally and 38% of global economic losses during the period of 1980-20091....

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Lee Khiam Jin

A former officer of the UN and ASEAN intergovernmental body, with a focus on tackling all matters related to disasters. He earned his PhD on emergency management from New Zealand in 2020.