According to a 2019 report by the UN Economic and Social Council, The Asia-Pacific region has long been affected by disasters. Since 1970, two million people have been killed in disasters – 59 per cent of the global death toll.
The principal causes of deaths due to natural hazards in the Asia-Pacific region were earthquakes and storms, followed by floods.
The Asia-Pacific experiences more than 40% of the world’s natural disasters, being the most seismically active area worldwide. China, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines, the top four natural disaster-prone countries in Asia, are expected to lose $380 billion each year between 2016 and 2030 as a result of natural disasters
To further add to complications, Covid-19 has infected more than 11m people in Asia to date and is expected to cause more than US$2.7trillion in future economic losses.
With such great issues that plague humanity and the environment, Disaster Technologies are becoming an increasing importance to address these issues.
But what is the state of Disaster Technologies for South-East Asia, and what opportunities can tech entrepreneurs see and make an impact?
To answer these questions, I speak to Donald Kanak, Chairman of Prudence Foundation, for his expert insights on Disaster Technology and the importance that D-Tech has for Asia Pacific.