All disasters, natural or human-made, have one thing in common; their capacity to maim, cause unmentionable misery, and loss of property and lives. But there is a twist in the tale. The World Disaster Report, 1994, published by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Socities, suggests that the havoc can be controlled. Often, it is the improper dissemination or censorship of information by the powers-that-be which exacerbates the suffering of the people.
|Wrack and ruin
Number of disasters triggered by natural causes, by region and type, 1993
|The price of
Estimation of the costs of damage caused by natural disasters, 1988-92 (in $ million)
|Drought & Famine||11,342|
|* includes: cold wave, heat wave, insect infestation, tsunami|
Number of disasters due to non-natural causes, by region and type, 1993
Estimation of losses incurred due to non-natural disasters, 1988-92
(in $ million)
sweep the earth
Today, some 250 million people are affected in an ever-mounting spiral of disasters
|Year||Number of disaster affected people|
|Source: World Disaster Report, 1994|
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