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According to the WMO’s report, 8,835 climate- and weather-related events took place from 1970 to 2012, ranging from droughts and floods to cyclones and heatwaves. Collectively, they caused 1.94 million deaths, with their aftermaths costing about $2.4 trillion.
The report contains a series of maps that break down deaths and dollars spent on recovery by continent.
“Both industrialized and non-industrialized countries are bearing the burden of repeated floods, droughts, temperature extremes and storms,” reads the report’s foreword, co-written by WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud and Debarati Guha Sapir, director of the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) and a professor at the University of Louvain School of Public Health.
“The escalating impact of disasters is due not only to their increasing frequency and severity, but also to the growing vulnerability of human societies, especially those surviving on the margins of development.”
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