Disasters Incurred by Natural Hazards

The impact of disasters incurred by natural hazards on ecosystems has grown (number of people involved, global cost, etc.) due to a combination of population growth, settlement patterns, and the increasing frequency of events (floods, storms, heat waves, etc.). Between 1994 and 2013, natural disasters have claimed 606 000 lives, representing an average of 30 000 lives every year1 and impacting one billion more. Disasters incurred by natural hazards lead to displacement, exacerbate health and economic vulnerabilities, and disrupt ecosystems. Natural disasters often worsen the situation of already fragile populations.

Key Insight

  • By 2030 there will be a consistent increase in the impact of natural disasters and an exacerbation of humanitarian issues.