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UN: Disaster Losses Hit $138 Billion in 2012
Source: cri.cn
Source Date: Friday, March 15, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Created: Mar 22, 2013

The United Nations say global losses from natural disasters in the past year hit 138-billion US dollars.


It is reported one hundred million people were affected in over three hundred natural disasters in 2012.


Hurricane Sandy, cold snaps in Europe, and the drought plaguing North America and Africa were the main disasters of the year.


However, this wasn't the worst compared to recent years.


"Last year was not, fortuitously, was not a major year for disasters. And that's why you saw a little bit downward trend in some of those statistics, If you look at the ten year average, then the number of death 9330 last year, was lessen 10 percent the ten year average, but it is still a extremely big figure, to have over 100 million people impacted."


That was Elizabeth Longworth, the Director of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.


The UN are also saying many developing countries are still short of disaster response measures, and they're suggesting setting up an international network to help reduce losses from natural disasters.

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