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Asia disaster trends 2012

An early view of disaster trends in 2012 across Asia, the world’s most disaster-prone region, shows that mortality from flood events continues to decline but economic losses remain a major cause of concern.

In 2012 so far, floods were the most frequent disaster occurring in Asia (44 percent) and had the highest human and economic impact. They accounted for 54 percent of the death toll in Asia, 78 percent of people affected and 56 percent of all economic damages in the region.

Pakistan suffered large-scale loss of life from floods for the third successive year as 480 people died in floods between August and October. Floods in China (June-July) affected over 17 million people and caused the highest economic losses (US $4.8 billion).

Last week in the Philippines, Typhoon Bopha resulted in 500 deaths.

The information has been compiled by the Louvain University Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) on behalf of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

In total, to the end of October, Southern, South-Eastern and Eastern Asia experienced 83 disasters causing 3,103 deaths, affecting a total of 64.5 million people and triggering US$ 15.1 billion damages in 2012.

Globally, these three regions accounted for 57 percent of the total deaths, 74 percent of the affected people and 34 percent of the total economic damages caused by disasters in the first ten months of 2012.

Worldwide, 231 disasters caused 5,469 deaths, affected a total of 87 million others, and caused US$ 44.6 billion economic damages in the Jan – Oct 2012 period.

•Date: 12th Dec 2012 • Various •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

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