Twice as many all-natural disasters are reported in the previous twenty years in comparison to the previous 20, together with climate change the major source of this increase, according to a UN report.
The organization warned if the world does not get to grips with all the climate crisis, the situation will probably continue to worsen.
By 2000-2019, 7,348 natural disasters have been recorded globally, which was nearly two times as many as between 1980 and 1999, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) said.
The events came at a price of almost $ 1.2 trillion ($2.54 trillion) and murdered over 1.2 million individuals.
“COVID-19 has increased the awareness of authorities and the general public concerning the dangers around us. They could observe that if COVID-19 is indeed dreadful, the climate crisis can be worse,” explained UNDRR Secretary-General Mami Mizutori in a media conference.
“With no green recovery, we’ll only boost the climate crisis,” she insisted.
“We’re intentionally destructive. Here is the only conclusion which may be achieved when studying the crises that have happened within the previous twenty decades,” Mizutori explained.
The prices of natural disasters have been estimated to be close to $3 trillion ($2.54 trillion) since 2000, however, the actual amount is greater because most nations, especially in Africa and Asia, don’t offer advice on the financial effect.
Floods – that have doubled – and – storms are the most frequent disasters within the last two decades.
For the coming decade, the UN estimates that the worst issue will probably be heatwaves.
More people affected
While the amount of deaths from such events has not greatly improved in the previous two decades (1.19 million involving 1980-1999 in comparison to 1.23 million involving 2000-2019) the amount of individuals affected has taken upward, from 3.25 billion to 4 billion.
“More lives are being saved but more individuals are influenced by the developing climate crisis. Disaster risk is getting systemic,” Ms. Mizutori worried, calling the world to adhere to the recommendations of scientists and also invest in climate change prevention and adaptation ventures.
The most affected area, Asia, has eight of the top ten states with the most disasters.
These states have relatively large population densities in at-risk locations, the report stated.
The years 2004, 2008, and 2010 were very catastrophic, with over 200,000 deaths in all those years.
The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami has been the most bizarre event, killing more than 220,000 individuals.