The Human Cost of Natural Disasters 2015: A global perspective

by Pascaline Wallemacq , Claudia Heike Herden, Rowena House et al.
Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), 2015

57 pp. 6.6 MB: 002_resize

Between 1994 and 2013, Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT) recorded 6,873 natural disasters worldwide, which claimed 1.35 million lives or almost 68,000 lives on average each year. In addition, 218 million people were affected by natural disasters on average per annum during this 20-year period. This report helps frame the debate on disaster risk reduction in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. It also underlines that climate-related disasters have come to dominate the risk landscape to the point where they now account for more than 80% of all major internationally reported disasters.

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