BANGKOK, 2 October 2009 (IRIN) -
This week's disasters in Asia underscore the need for greater disaster
preparedness, experts say; while countries are making progress, there are
still gaps to be filled.
At least 1,100 people have been killed,
with thousands more feared dead, in Indonesia after earthquakes struck
off Western Sumatra and the city of Padang on 30 September.
On 29 September, the Pacific islands
of Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga were battered by a tsunami after an
earthquake struck, leaving at least 136 dead.
And just days before, tropical storm