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Disaster Risk Reduction

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  • 1995-2015 Harm

    by 6,457 weather-related events

    Over the last 20 years, 90% of major disasters have been caused by 6,457 recorded floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events.

  • Floods

    Floods accounted for 47% of all weather-related disasters,

    affecting 2.3 billion people and killing 157,000.

  • Heatwaves

    Overall, heatwaves accounted for 148,000 of the 164,000 lives lost due to extreme temperatures.

    92% of heatwave deaths occurred in high-income countries,

    with Europe accounting for 90%.

  • Storms

    Storms were the deadliest type

    of weather-related disaster, accounting for 242,000 deaths or 40% of the global weather-related deaths,

    with 89% of these deaths occurring in lower-income countries.

  • The five countries hit by the highest number of disasters are the United States (472), China (441), India (288), Philippines (274), and Indonesia, (163).

  • 2005-2015 Harm

    Damages in a magnitude of one trillion dollars can be attributed to disasters during the last decade, one million people were killed, and 220 million people were affected. These are conservative estimates. If the additional losses reflected in national datasets were added, the economic losses would likely increase by an additional 50%.

  • 335 weather-related disasters

    In total, an average of 335 weather-related disasters were recorded per year between 2005 and 2014, an increase of 14% from 1995-2004, and almost twice the level recorded during 1985-1995.

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