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22-23 April 2014, Sendai, Japan

Asia-Pacific Meeting on Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction: Changing Mindsets through Knowledge

Asia-Pacific is the region most adversely affected by disasters. Evidence from recent Japanese experience in disasters indicates that persons with disabilities are two to four times more likely to die than the general population when a disaster occurs. As ageing and disability are closely interconnected, the gap may be expected to widen if no action is taken to address present shortcomings in disaster risk reduction.