Share of deaths from natural disasters globally by type 2016

This statistic displays a distribution of fatalities caused by natural disasters worldwide in 2016, by disaster type. During this year, hydrological events such as floods or mass movement brought about by water accounted for almost 55 percent of deaths from natural disasters worldwide.

Distribution of deaths/fatalities from natural disasters globally in 2016, by natural disaster type*

Share of fatalities
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Release date

March 2017



Survey time period


Number of respondents

9,200 respondents

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Supplementary notes

* In 2016, there were 750 events recorded, resulting in 9,200 fatalities. This did not include famine victims or missing persons.

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