We are not new to disasters. Wherever you are in the world, you experience your fair share of calamities now and then. For instance, America is riddled with problems like tornado, earthquake, and hurricanes among others. Meanwhile, if there is a continent in the world that experiences almost all types of disasters, then without a doubt it has to be Asia. From earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, hurricanes to flooding, the lives of Asians are always at risk and their tenacity is always put to the test whenever these disasters strike.
For starters, the “Ring of Fire” is found in Asia. This area in the Pacific Ocean experiences the most number of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes each year. So now you know why Japan is always hit the most by powerful tsunamis. Hurricanes and flooding are likewise common phenomena that ordinary Asians also have to deal with, and environmental issues worsen this. Not only are lives lost but properties are damaged because of these strong waters. Recovery is not always easy but most Asian countries strive to move on with their lives, mostly with foreign help.
Although the people are used to facing these calamities, it still has a devastating impact on their lives especially when the destruction is wide scale and they lose access to basic services.
Poverty also plays a big role as to why the extent of the damage is magnanimous in most Asian countries. The poor tends to live together in makeshift shanties near the road or under bridges where they aren’t exactly protected from the harsh elements.
In the last two decades, over 2,200 natural calamities struck Asia alone. Climate change is a major factor as well that worsens the damage caused by these natural calamities. Then, there are man-made disasters as well that are just as damaging as the ones caused by nature itself. These days, government leaders work hand in hand in addressing key climate change and global warming issues to protect the lives of their constituents and lessen the damage to properties and infrastructure.
It is never too late to change our ways to lessen the damage to the environment and slow down the progression of climate change. While we can’t undo the damage of yesteryears, we can clean up our act and start doing environment-friendly measures aside from being always ready for when disaster strikes.
Asia Hit Hard By Natural Disasters was initially published to The Chinese Human Rights Development Net Blog