"Asia's Mega-Cities Badly Exposed To Superstorms"
"PARIS — The hammer blow dealt to New York by superstorm Sandy should raise the alarm for coastal mega-cities in Asia which are more exposed but less equipped to deal with such threats, experts said on Tuesday."
"New York was able to draw on top-level civil engineering, good governance and the world's richest economy as it faced a once-in-a-century event.
But that is not the case for many cities that have risen, often anarchically, on a coastal arc from China to the Arabian Sea, luring millions in search of a better life.
'These cities are undergoing very rapid expansion and they are not only exposed to sea-level rise, they are also exposed to tropical cyclones,' said Bob Ward, director of policy at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in London."Source: AFP, 10/31/2012