Articles tagged "natural disaster statistics"

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Statistics: Sharp increase in natural disasters over the past 20 years

A new United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) report confirms how extreme weather events have come to dominate the disaster landscape at the beginning of 21st century. Floods and storms were the most prevalent disaster events, followed by...

October 12, 2020

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IDMC: 7 million people displaced due to natural disasters in the first half of 2019

Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) records show that over seven million people have been displaced from their residences due to natural disasters during the first six months of 2019. There were about 10.8 million new displacements worldwide in the first...

September 12, 2019

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The highest number of internally displaced people on record

A record 41.3 million people were displaced inside their own countries at the end of 2018 due to conflict and natural disasters, according to a new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). The number of...

May 13, 2019

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2018 natural disasters statistics: volcanic activity resulted in more deaths than previous 18 years combined

Image credit: CRED There were 281 climate-related and geophysical events recorded in the EM-DAT (International Disaster Database) in 2018. These caused deaths of 10 733 people and affected 61 million people across the world. There were a number of major disasters...

January 25, 2019

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Natural disasters loss in 2017 at US$ 306 billion, almost double 2016 loss

The total economic losses resulting from natural and man-made disasters in 2017 soared to US$ 306 billion from US$ 188 billion in 2016, according to a preliminary estimate by insurance company Swiss Re. Preliminary sigma estimates for insured global losses resulting...

December 23, 2017

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World Risk Report 2017: marked increase in extreme weather events, but people more prepared

The vulnerability of countries worldwide to extreme natural events has declined this year, according to this year's World Risk Report, an alliance of German aid agencies. However, there has been a marked increase in extreme weather events such as storms and...

November 08, 2017


Sudden onset disasters to make 14 million people homeless every year

Research findings released October 13 on International Day for Disaster Reduction forecast a continued rise in homelessness among people in the world’s most disaster-prone countries unless significant progress is made in managing disaster risk. A unique...

October 14, 2017

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WMO announces all-time deadliest extreme weather events

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced "world records" for the highest reported historical death tolls from tropical cyclones, tornadoes, lightning and hailstorms. It marks the first time the official WMO...

May 18, 2017

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In 2016, United States had most floods since records began in 1980

In 2016, the United States had 19 separate severe flood events, the most in a single year since records began in 1980. The data comes from Munich RE, a global reinsurance company. In total, there were 91 weather, climate or geological disasters in the United States...

January 04, 2017

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Natural catastrophe losses in 2016 at their highest since 2012

According to Munich RE, a global reinsurance company, after three years of relatively low natural catastrophe losses, the 'figures for 2016 are back in the mid-range, where they are expected to be.' In terms of casualties, 2016 had the fewest fatalities...

January 04, 2017

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2016 the worst for natural disasters in Indonesia in the last decade

In the period between January 1 and November 11, 2016, 1 985 natural disasters were reported in Indonesia, the highest number seen in the last 10 years, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB). According to the agency report, out of 1 985 total...

November 17, 2016

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Annual natural disasters force 26 million people into poverty

The new report from the World Bank and Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) shows that up to $520 billion are lost annually due to extreme natural disasters, leaving 26 million people in poverty conditions across the globe. According to the...

November 16, 2016

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1.35 million people killed in natural disasters over the last two decades

Over the last two decades, 1.35 million people were killed by natural hazards, half of them in earthquakes while other lost their lives due to weather and climate-related incidents. A large majority of these deaths have taken place in low- and mid- income countries,...

October 13, 2016


The world is unprepared for impending natural disasters

For a long time, preppers and survivalists were ridiculed and called lunatics who just want the world to come to an end. However, as our planet entered a realm in which major natural disasters became a norm and officials finally admitted the world is heading into an...

April 26, 2016


CATDAT: Natural disasters caused over 8 million deaths and $7 trillion USD of damage since 1900

According to the CATDAT database, over 8 million deaths have been caused by natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, storms, bush-fires and volcanoes since the beginning of the 20th century. The highest amount of damage has been caused by floods while the...

April 19, 2016


The statistics of natural disasters: A 2013 review

According to the "Annual Disaster Statistical Review 2013" published this month by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), 2013 is a year with 330 registered natural disasters. This is less than the average annual disaster frequency ob

September 24, 2014