Climate change is primarily due to almost doubling the number of natural disasters in the past twenty years, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNSDIR) warned on Monday.
However, the latter figure may be much higher, as many countries, especially in Asia and Africa, do not publish data on this.
Most natural disasters were recorded in China (577), the United States (467), India (321), the Philippines (304), and Indonesia (278).
The number of fatalities did not increase significantly from 1980 to 1999, when roughly 3,700 natural disasters were registered. However, the number of people affected has increased from 3.25 to 4.2 billion.
Floods and storms were the most common during the period under review. Experts from the World Organization see that heat waves will be the most serious problem in the next decade, especially in poor countries.
Said the Secretary-General of UNSDIR.
Added Mami Mizutori, among other things, calling on the international community to develop early warning systems.
(Cover image: Destroyed homes after Hurricane Delta in Louisiana on October 11, 2020. Photo: Adrees Latif / Reuters)