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Millions of people are affected by natural disasters every year, and their impact can be calamitous. From the destruction of buildings to the spread of disease, natural disasters can devastate entire countries overnight. Tsunamis, earthquakes and typhoons do not just wreak havoc on land; they also disrupt people's lives in both densely populated cities and remote villages.

Natural Disaster Facts and Statistics (From: )

  • According to a 2014 report by the United Nations, since 1994, 4.4 billion people have been affected by disasters, which claimed 1.3 million lives and cost US$2 trillion in economic losses.

  • Low- and lower-middle-income countries are disproportionately affected by natural disasters. In the same 20-year period, 33 percent of countries that experienced disasters were low- to lower-middle income, but 81 percent of people who died in disasters lived in these countries.

  • Women and children in developing countries are often the most vulnerable demographic groups after natural disasters.

  • 8 out of 10 of the world’s cities most at risk to natural disasters are in the Philippines.

  • Natural disasters affect the number of people living below the poverty line, increasing their numbers by more than 50 percent in some cases. The problem is getting worse; up to 325 million extremely poor people are expected to live in the 49 most hazard-prone countries by 2030.

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