Asia, West, Central, and South

Spanning one of the world's more varied landscapes and human geography, this region includes areas that are very vulnerable to disaster. Extending from Syria in West Asia to Bangladesh in South Asia, this region spans close to 2,500 miles of deserts, forests, and mountains. Since antiquity, both natural and anthropogenic disasters have affected this unequal, socioeconomic terrain. From the wealthy nations around the Persian Gulf to the impoverished regions along eastern Indian Ocean, inequalities pose a significant challenge to disaster relief.

West Asia

Relative to other regions in Asia, West Asia has a lower risk of disaster vulnerability. However, in recent years, the region has had its share of disasters, linked chiefly to water and oil geopolitics. As one of the world's most arid regions, nations battle ...

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