UN News Centre: In 2010, there were more than 370 natural disasters

In 2010, there were more than 370 natural disasters, which killed 300,000 people. In general, from earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters in the last year in one way or another affected over 210 million people. Economic losses totaled 110 billion U.S. dollars.

It is reported by the inter-agency secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.

The devastating earthquake in Haiti killed 222,500 people. As a result of the summer heat and wildfires in Russia killed an estimated 56,000 people.

In February 2011, the General Assembly will hold a special thematic session on disaster reduction. It will review the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action.

Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlström stressed that the preparation of disaster — it's not a matter of choice. She said that all countries must necessarily develop plans for natural disasters, and provide them the steps to mitigate the consequences of natural disasters.

Source: un.org

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