Between 1970 and 2010, the number of people at risk of floods in the Asia-Pacific region has gone from 29.5 million to 63.8 million, while those threatened by cyclones have increased from fewer than 72 million to more than 120 million, the United Nations reports. Rapid urbanization and economic growth are partially responsible, according to a U.N. analysis, and the region accounts for three-fourths of disaster fatalities since 1970.

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