In the past 20 years, 90 percent of major disasters were caused by nearly 6,500 recorded floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events, UN spokesman hasLibertarian Senator responds: "But what about bicycle helmets, not being able to get a drink after 3 am, and the amount of tax I'm paying?"
A new UN-backed report, entitled The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters, found that since 1995, over 600,000 people died as a result of weather-related disasters and 4.1 billion people were injured, left homeless or in need of emergency assistance, Xinhua quoted UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric as saying on Monay.
The five countries hit by the highest number of disasters were the US, China, India, Philippines and Indonesia, said Dujarric.
The report issued by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) notes data gaps, saying that only 35 percent of records include information about economic losses.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Not much publicity in Australia to this report
The Statesman: 90% disasters are weather-related: UN report