Manila, Philippines: More investments in disaster risk reduction measures and inter-country cooperation are needed to reduce the impact of floods in Southeast Asia, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) stated during a forum on Southeast Asia floods.
Following the forum, the UN agency will also conduct a two-day workshop on the use of new technology on flood prevention, including GIS-based disaster information, the Global Satellite Mapping of Precipitation, the Integrated Flood Analysis System and Flood Forecasting Model.
In a press statement, the UNESCAP stated that 2011 flooding in many areas in Southeast Asia was a “wake-up call to policy makers, governments, private sector and civil society that there is a gap between rapid economic growth and investment in disaster risk reduction.”
The UN agency noted that flooding affected about 20 million people in 2011, with the Philippines posting a death toll of nearly 1,500 due to floods caused by typhoon Sendong (international name: Washi) in Mindanao.
The UNESCAP called for more investments on disaster risk reduction measures to “protect social and economic assets from floods and other disasters in the region, in particular for those areas with rapid economic growth.”
Source: Business World