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PacNet #11 – Coping with Floods and Humanitarian Emergencies: Can Southeast Asia Afford to Wait?

Natural disasters generate complex emergencies such as population dislocation, distrupted public services and threats of infectious diseases that require urgent and coordinated responses from a broad range of state agencies. Yet, many states are still not prepared to cope with these complex humanitarian emergencies. There must also be be regional mechanisms and strategies to complement national measures, the development of which would also promote regional cooperation in disaster management.