Asia & Oceania
Asia and the Pacific are among the most disaster prone regions in the
world. Every year,
disasters of all kinds cause huge loss of lives and property in the region causing a severe setback to the development process. The region accounts for only 30% of the world's landmass but receives disproportionately higher disaster impacts.
On March 11 2011, a powerful, magnitude 9.0 quake hit northeastern Japan, triggering a tsunami with 10-meter-high waves that reached the U.S. west coast. 20,000 people were killed and a year later some of the debris washed oput to sea is coming ashore on the west coast of America.
Extreme weather conditions in the region have also resulted in significant numbers of deaths from tropical storms such as Washi in the Philipines and flooding in Thailand, Pakistan and China.
With the world's focus on the conflict in Afghanistan, the rebuilding efforts in Iraq and the new zone of militancy in Pakistan individuals and organisations seeking to travel or work in the region are recommended to take the guidance offered by their national governments.
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- East Timor
- French Polynesia
- Hong Kong
- Korea (Republic of)
- Korea, DPR (North Korea)
- Macao (SAR of China)
- Marshall Islands
- Micronesia (Federated States of)
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Pitcairn (British Overseas Territory)
- Samoa (American)
- Solomon Islands
- Sri Lanka
- Wallis & Futuna Islands