UN: Climate disasters are rising in numbers and costs


The United Nations World Meteorological Organization warned on Wednesday that climate catastrophes around the world will rise more than 4 to 5 times.

It caused 7 times more damage than it was in the seventies of the last century.


A report issued by the organization that dealt with more than 11,000 climate disasters in the last half-century stated that despite the increase in climate disasters and their damage, they are now killing a much smaller number of people.

The report indicated that “in the 1970s and 1980s, climatic disasters were killing about 170 people every day around the world.

But in the 2010s, that fell to about 40 deaths a day,” according to the Associated Press.

He explained that “in the 1970s, the average number of climate disasters in the world was about 711 disasters annually.

But from 2000 to 2009, that number reached 3,536 disasters per year or roughly 10 disasters per day.

The report, which used data from the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters in Belgium, indicated that the average number of annual disasters decreased slightly in the 2010s to 3,165 disasters.

Most of the deaths and damages during 50 years of climatic disasters came from storms, floods, and droughts.


In its report, the United Nations noted that “more than 90 percent of the more than two million deaths occurred in what the United Nations considers to be developing countries.

While nearly 60 percent of the economic damage occurred in the wealthiest countries.

The report added that “in the 1970s, weather disasters caused damage estimated at $175 million annually worldwide, and that number has increased to $1.38 billion annually since 2010.”

UN disaster and weather officials said the reason for the devastation is that more people are moving to dangerous areas, as climate change makes weather disasters stronger and more frequent.

“At the same time, better weather warnings and preparations will reduce the death toll from these disasters,” they added.

“The good news is that we have been able to reduce the number of casualties,” WHO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said during a press conference.


But the bad news is that economic losses are increasing very rapidly, and this increase is expected to continue, and we will witness more extreme weather events due to climate change.”

The report came during a busy summer that witnessed many disasters worldwide.

The devastating Hurricane Ida hit the United States, and wildfires, exacerbated by drought, broke out in various parts of the world.