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close this bookNatural Disasters in South East Asia and Bangladesh - Vulnerability Risks and Consequences (Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters - International Center for Training Exchanges in the Geosciences, 1998, 83 p.)
close this folder2. Five types of territories prone to risks
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2.5. Inland mountains

The inland mountains are also occupied by minority ethnic groups. These groups are numerous and poorly controlled by the central powers. The population density is there obviously limited and the mountains are far from being easily accessible. They are only concerned with scarce selective projects liable to open the area especially towards China. The fulfilment of such projects will however depend on the development of international relationships that are often strained in the area. According to ESCAP, the principal advantage of the Mekong Committee lies in "strengthening co-operation, mutual understanding and trust among the riparian countries" (15). While these mountains are not subject to the most intense cyclones, however they may experience droughts and suffer from flash floods and mass movements, which makes the access still more difficult.

15 In: ESCAP and the Mekong cooperation. Water Res. Jour., Sept 1997, p. 4.

Key to the maps showing territories prone to risks. (Figs. 34 - 35 - 36 - 37)

Fig. 34 - Territories prone to risks in Bangladesh and Myanmar

Fig. 35 - Territories prone to risks in Thailand

Fig. 36 - Territories prone to risks in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam

Fig. 37 - Territories prone to risks in the Philippines