Loy Rego, Learning Practitioner, Mainstreaming DRR and Adaptation
Disasters continue to cause an unacceptable loss of human lives and economic and societal harm. In 2011 alone, 302 disasters caused 29,782 deaths, affected 206 million people and caused losses of US$366 billion. The proportion of the world population living in high risk areas is significant. In the last 30 years, the amount of people living in flood prone river basins increased by 114% and typhoon prone coastlines by 192%. Over half of the world’s cities are located in areas with high vulnerability to seismic risk.