South East Asia not well prepared for floods: UN

floods in South East Asia

The floods that are devastating South East Asia have shown how the region is not well prepared to reduce risks caused by disasters.

That's the conclusion of the United Nations risk reduction agency, (UNISDR) as the region faces devastating floods that have killed more than 200 children in Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.

UNISDR spokesman in Geneva, David Singh, says disasters such as floods are predictable.

"The floods which have affected eight million people across South East Asia, which now threaten Bangkok, have underlined shortcomings in disaster risk reduction with many children drowning because they cannot swim and thousand of workers now unemployed because of poorly located manufacturing plants. Our particular concern is about the high number of children dying in these floods which is a concern raised by children themselves."

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