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Urban disasters spotlight strain on Asian cities

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Deadly floods, power blackouts and traffic gridlock -- many of Asia's biggest cities are buckling under the strain of rapid economic development, extreme weather and an exodus from the countryside. 

Picture taken on August 10, shows a woman holding a young boy as she wades through floodwaters in a street in the township of Apalit on the outskirts of Manila. Deadly floods, power blackouts and traffic gridlock, many of Asia's biggest cities are buckling under the strain of rapid economic development, extreme weather and an exodus from the countryside.

Poor strategic planning, paltry investment in infrastructure and a lack of political will have also left the region's overcrowded metropolises highly vulnerable to the pressures of climate change, experts say.

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