The human cost of natural disasters: a global perspective

The human cost of natural disasters: a global perspective This report presents data about natural disasters impacts (human and economic) at world scale for the last 20 years. The analyses focus on trends and patterns of impacts and how these varies regarding the income level or the geographical location. Based on the analyses, conclusions and action points were drawn to raise the awareness and frame the debate for the next steps that need to be done in disaster risk reduction. The report is based on EM-DAT data from the period between 1994 and 2013, which includes 6,873 natural disasters worldwide, which claimed 1.35 million lives or almost 68,000 lives on average each year, and affected 218 million people on average per annum during this 20-year period.

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