In the period between 2000 and 2019, an estimated 7,348 natural disasters have taken place on earth. The death toll of all of these combined is estimated to be around 1,23 million while affecting 4.2 billion people worldwide. The UN further states that economical damages from these disasters have cost over $2.95 trillion, the equivalent of the GDP of the nation of India.
The highest increase in natural disasters where those caused by extreme weather events. While those numbered 3665 between 1980-1999, that number almost doubled in the last two decades to 6681. Most of the natural disasters caused by extreme weather events are worsening floods and storms, with 4/5th of the total.
The continent that bears the brunt of the costs of this increase in natural disasters is Asia. While countries like China and India are heavily investing in renewable energy this might not be near enough to reverse the trend in the short term.
“It really is all about governance if we want to deliver this planet from the scourge of poverty, further loss of species and biodiversity, the explosion of urban risk and the worst consequences of global warming,” Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk, stated.