The Asian continent, while rapidly developing economically and technologically, is particularly affected by natural disasters, including earthquakes, typhoons, floods, landslides, volcanoes, droughts, tsunamis, wildfires and other natural hazards. Asia’s disaster vulnerability is compounded by socioeconomic conditions such as urbanization, demographic changes and environmental degradation, which reduce the amount of habitable land and force people to migrate to marginal, hazard-prone land. Climate change could contribute to more extreme weather events in many of East Asia's cities and could undercut the recent economic progress in the region, say disaster risk and climate change experts. As the concentration of the poor rises in cities, their vulnerability to hazards and disaster loss also increases. New strategies to confront the impacts of climate change reflect a sense of urgency and innovative perspectives that focus on correcting the weaknesses in current international responses, which need better coordination, as well as sustainable development and increased focus on the rights of displaced people.
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