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Global number of deaths from natural disasters 2000-2020

In 2020, there were roughly 8,100 fatalities reported caused by natural disaster events worldwide. The global average economic loss due to natural disaster events worldwide amounted to about 268 billion U.S. dollars that year.

Weather-related natural disasters

The Indian monsoon season floods were the most deadly catastrophe in 2020 with approximately 1,900 reported deaths. Hydrological events, such as floods, have affected the largest number of people in the last decade. 2019 is ranked the eleventh most costly disaster year in the 21st century. The past decade saw the most, costly year to date.

What does a natural disaster cost?

Hurricane Katrina has been one of the costliest disasters in the world, costing the insurance industry some 82.4 billion U.S. dollars. The resilience of societies against catastrophes have been boosted by insurance industry payouts. Nevertheless, insurance payouts are primarily garnered by industrialized countries. In emerging and developing regions, disaster insurance coverage is still limited, despite the need for improved risk management and resilience as a method to mitigate the impact of disasters and to promote sustainable growth.

Number of deaths from natural disaster events globally from 2000 to 2020

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January 2021



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2000 to 2020

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