In response to a call from the United Nations member states, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has recently published a new report on disaster response in the Asia-Pacific region, called Disaster Response in Asia: A Guide to International Tools & Services. The report is designed to help disaster responders and coordinators in national governments gain a better understanding of the tools and services at their disposal in times of crisis.
The Asia-Pacific region has seen an increase in both the frequency and severity of natural disasters due to climate change, human migration and environmental destruction. According to the Asian Development Bank, an Asian or Pacific Islander is now four times more likely to be affected by a disaster than an African, and 25 times more likely than a European or North American. And, between 2000 and 2010, nearly 8 out of 10 people affected by a disaster worldwide lived in India or China.