Children affected by disasters set to triple

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Child badly injured in Haiti’s earthquake (forefront) takes a nap. UN Photo/Logan Abassi (file photo)

The number of children affected by disasters is increasing, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The agency says that in the last decades of the 20th century disasters affected 60 million children per year.

It's warning that number is set to triple.

The agency also points out that while children are more vulnerable to disasters, they can also play a role in disaster risk reduction.

Ted Chaiban, UNICEF's Director of Programmes who is attending the Third World Conference on Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, has been speaking to Nan Zheng.

Duration: 3'34"

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