Disasters cause human suffering, environmental and economic harm, and set back progress on eliminating poverty.
International Day for Disaster Reduction
In the last decade, almost one million people have been killed by disasters and more than one trillion dollars have been lost. Yet only 1% of international aid is spent to minimise the impact of these disasters.
Disasters have killed more than 1.3 million people and affected an average of 220 million per year over the past two decades.