The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone regions in the world, with frequently occurring natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions affecting millions of people every year. These events are becoming increasingly frequent and severe, worsened considerably by the effects of climate change and growing population density. Conflicts, political instability and pandemics in the region also have dire humanitarian consequences. Since its establishment in 2005, OCHA’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) has sought to minimise the vulnerability of populations in the region to humanitarian crises.
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