Representatives from 24 Asian countries are due to meet in Bangkok later this
month to look at reducing natural disasters in the region.
The meeting is being organized by the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction
Secretariat in association with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission
for Asia and the Asian Disaster Preparedness center.
Organizers said that more than 27,000 people died in natural disasters in the region
in 1998 and more than $38 billion was lost.