Appeals & Response Plans
- Tropical Storm Pabuk - Jan 2019
- Myanmar: Floods and Landslides - Jun 2018
- Myanmar: Floods and Landslides - Jul 2017
- Tropical Cyclone Mora - May 2017
- Myanmar: Floods - Jun 2016
- Tropical Cyclone Roanu - May 2016
- South-East Asia: Drought - 2015-2017
- Tropical Cyclone Komen - Jul 2015
- Myanmar: Floods and Landslides - Jul 2015
- Myanmar: Floods - Jul 2014
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Floods. Tropical storms. Earthquakes. Tsunamis. Landslides. Droughts. Disasters are a part of everyday life and they are increasing.
Nowhere are they increasing faster and with greater ferocity than in Asia Pacific, the world's most disaster-prone region where, on average, 40 per cent of the globe's "natural" catastrophe occurs. Witness such events as 2010's Pakistan superflood, 2009's ravaging typhoons in the Philippines, or 2008's Cyclone Nargis and Sichuan earthquake.
As the number of people significantly affected by the catastrophic floods in Pakistan climbed to an estimated 17.2 million, the United Nations was scaling up relief operations, John Holmes, outgoing Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said today during a Headquarters news conference.
"This is a disaster of unprecedented scale in terms of the number of people affected and the geographical area affected," he said, calling the situation "extremely challenging".
He said the deadly floods, triggered by torrential monsoon …