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90% of disasters worldwide are weather-related, according to UN report.
UNIDSR releases a new report on the human cost of weather-related disasters.
On 23 November 2015, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNIDSR) released a report entitled, “The human cost of weather-related disasters 1995-2015.” According to the report, the highest number of disasters occurred in the United States, China, India, the Philippines and Indonesia.
The report and analysis compiled by UNISDR and the Belgian-based Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) demonstrates that since the first UN climate change conference (COP1) in 1995, 606,000 lives have been lost and 4.1 billion people have been injured, left homeless or in need of emergency assistance as a result of weather-related disasters.
It also highlights data gaps, noting that economic losses from weather-related disasters are much higher than the recorded figure of US$1.891 trillion, which accounts for 71% of all losses attributed to natural hazards over the twenty-year period. Only 35% of records include information about economic losses. UNISDR estimates that the true figure on disaster losses – including earthquakes and tsunamis – is between US$250 billion and US$300 billion annually.
Highlights of the report:
The full report can be downloaded here.
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