Every year natural hazards cause significant loss of life, and erode or destroy devel¬opment gains. From the ten most commonly reported disasters, nine are directly or indirectly related to weather or climate. Vulnerability to disasters is increasing as more people and assets locate in areas of high risk. Since 1970, the world’s population has grown by 87 per cent. During the same time, the proportion of people living in flood-prone river basins increased by 114 per cent and on cyclone-exposed coastlines by 192 per cent. Rapid urbanization and the growth of megacities will increase exposure to natural hazards. Climate change is expected to increase the frequency and intensity of the most severe weather related hazards in the decades to come.
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