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Annual Disaster Statistical Review 2013

The numbers and trends


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Resource type:Research, reports and studies
Agency:Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, Université Catholique du Louvain
Author(s):Guha-Sapir, D., Hoyois, P. and Below, R.
Date published:September 2014

In 2013, 330 natural triggered disasters1 were registered. This was both less than the average
annual disaster frequency observed from 2003 to 2012 (388), and represented a decrease in
associated human impacts of disasters which were, in 2013, at their lowest level since 16 years.
However, natural disasters still killed a significant number of people (21,610) but largely below the
annual average between 2003-2012 (106,654) and 96.5 million people became victims worldwide,
which was also below the 2003-2012 annual average (216 million) (see Figure 1). Like the other
indicators, economic damages from natural disasters also show, in 2013, a decrease to average
levels (2013 US $ 156.7 billion), with estimates placing the costs at US$ 118.6 billion.


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