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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Asia Pacific Suffers Worst Natural Disasters in 2013

The Asia Pacific Region suffered the worst natural disasters in 2013 with the Philippines experiencing the biggest number said a report issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). That makes the Philippines which suffered from the deadliest typhoon in recent history, the 3rd most disaster prone country in the world. Last year the Philippine suffered 16 natural disasters that resulted to the death of 8,382 people. The onslaught of the Super Typhoon Yolanda in Nov. 8, 2013 considered the deadliest event that year affected the largest number of people and caused the greatest economic loss. Latest data revealed that the storm killed over 6,000 people affected around 14 Million and displaced roughly 4 Million people. Some experts estimate the Typhoon was among the strongest ever to make landfall. Less than a month before the devastation of Super Typhoon Yolanda, Bohol and nearby provinces in Central Visayas were hit by an earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale. In Oct. 15, 2013 the earthquake instantly killed at least 223 people injured 159 and affected over 350,000 mostly in Bohol, Cebu and Siquijor provinces. At the peak of the crisis, the report said nearly 600 evacuation centers existed in the affected areas. 3 months after the earthquake 1,910 people were still displaced in official evacuation centers while significant needs in shelter, early recovery and health services remain.    
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