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Hazards in Asia and the Pacific

Asia and the Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world, being exposed to earthquakes, floods, droughts and typhoons, as well as many other powerfully destructive natural phenomena. ESCAP research has shown that Asia and the Pacific is hit by most of the world's major disasters. Over the period of 2005-2014, the region had eight of the ten largest disasters in terms of fatalities, and four of the ten largest in terms of economic damage. Similarly, nine of the fifteen countries in the world with the highest exposure and risk are in Asia and the Pacific.