South-east Asia to suffer intense, more frequent drought without government action: UN and Asean report

Hong Kong – Drought in South-east Asia may become even more frequent and intense if countries do not take steps to reduce its impact, according to a joint study from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap) and Asean.

“Ready for the Dry Years: Building resilience to drought in South-east Asia”, released on April 19, said the cumulative impact of drought in the region disproportionately affected the poor and heightened inequality, which in turn increased the prospect of violent conflict.

Over the past three decades, droughts have affected more than 66 million people in South-east Asia. One such person is 23-year-old Bonreach Kleng, a volunteer coordinator in Cambodia.

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