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Number of reported victims of natural disasters in 2007

This map illustrates for every country the number of reported victims due to natural disasters in 2007.

Despite a steady increase in the overall disaster occurrence, the number of reported victims remained relatively stable over the years, as it is illustrated by the observed trends in occurrence and numbers of victims. This decreasing trend raises questions as to its origin. Is it the result of a better preparedness, a better response of government and humanitarian agencies during emergencies, or is it due to improvements in the reporting of disaster occurrence and impacts?

As in previous years, hydro-meteorological disasters were the major source of casualties, particularly in the form of hydrological disasters. The latter affected over 177 million people and killed more than 8859 others. Although the human impacts were essentially concentrated in Asia, all the regions experienced some major hydro-meteorological events.

Source:
J-M. Scheuren, O. le Polain de Waroux, R. Below, D. Guha-Sapir, S. Ponserre - Annual Disaster Statistical Review: The Numbers and Trends 2007
CRED: Brussels, 2008 based on the : EM-DAT: The OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database - www.emdat.net - Université Catholique de Louvain - Brussels - Belgium


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