Monday, February 15, 2010
Natural Disasters 1980-2009
The above chart is just one part of an interesting backgrounder put together by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat and available here.
The past decade saw 3,852 disasters globally, killing more than 780,000 people, affecting more than two billion others at a cost of more than 960 billion US$.
While Katrina and other hurricanes in the 2005 season accounted for the single largest economic impact, 85% of all disaster related fatalities over the past decade occurred in Asia.