World Met Organisation Launch New Atlas of Mortality

2014-07-21

Collaboration between the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) of the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) in Belgium has produced a joint report, The Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes 1970-2012.  The Atlas, launched in Geneva in July describes the distribution and impacts of weather, climate, and water-related disasters and highlights measures to increase resilience. 

According to WMO, 1.94 million deaths, and US$ 2.4 trillion of economic losses were reported globally as a result of hazards such as droughts, extreme temperatures, floods, tropical cyclones and related health epidemics in the period spanning 1970 to 2012.  The purpose of this new report is to provide decision-makers with actionable information for protecting life and property.

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