News: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction(UNDRR) has released a report titled “The Human Cost of Disasters 2000-2019”.
Key Highlights from the report:
- In the period 2000 to 2019, there were 7,348 major recorded disaster events claiming 1.23 million lives, affecting 4.2 billion people resulting in approximately US$2.97 trillion in global economic losses.
- Asia has suffered the highest number of disasters in the past 20 years followed by the Americas and Africa.
- Climate change is largely to blame for a near doubling of natural disasters in the past 20 years.
- Major floods had more than doubled in 20 years.India is the 2nd most affected country by floods after China.
- UNDRR (formerly UNISDR): It is the United Nations focal point created in 1999 for disaster risk reduction.
- It oversees the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 supporting countries in its implementation, monitoring and sharing what works in reducing existing risk and preventing the creation of new risk.