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Hong Kong, China | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 06:17 GMT
by Jennifer O'MAHONY
International aid groups and governments intensified efforts to get rescuers and supplies into earthquake-hit Nepal on Sunday, but severed communications and landslides in the Himalayan nation posed formidable challenges to the relief effort.
Whether it's the Philippines, which recently experienced the strongest storm recorded, or Japan, which was devastated by the tsunami and earthquake in 2011 - the tragedies affecting these countries serve as a call to risk-prone countries throughout Asia and the Pacific to build and vigilantly maintain resilience to catastrophes.
Food Price Index registers first decline in nine months
The month of March saw a slight easing of global food prices as the FAO Food Price Index fell 2.9 percent for its first decline since June 2010. Nonetheless, food prices remained at poverty-inducing levels, were 37 percent higher than at the same time last year, and the global decline masked rising prices of key commodities in certain countries and regions.
The Asia Pacific region is home to more than half of the world's population, the majority of whom are poor and among the most disadvantaged in the world. Some 600 million women, men and children in the region live below the USD 1 a day poverty line, while 1.8 billion survive on less than USD 2 a day. Compounding the situation, the region is also highly disaster-prone. The diversity, scale and frequency of natural disasters across the region are daunting.
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