Natural disasters cost India $80 billion in 20 years: UN report -Pradeep Thakur

-The Times of India

NEW DELHI: Climate change is making development highly risky, particularly in lower-middle income countries like India. A study released by the UN office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) on Wednesday said India suffered economic losses of $80 billion during the 20-year period of 1998 to 2017.

India has been ranked among world's top five countries in absolute economic losses. Globally, disaster losses during this period have been estimated at $3 trillion. These losses have increased by more than 120% in the last 20 years compared to the preceding two decades (1978-1997). And if we just account for climate related disaster losses, they have gone up by more than 151%.

Mami Mizutori, head of UNISDR, said: "The report makes it clear that economic losses from extreme weather events are unsustainable and a major brake on eradicating poverty in hazard exposed parts of the world." She emphasised on the need for countries to capture economic losses which can help in disaster mitigation, saving lives and livelihoods.

"In the period 1998-2017, disaster-hit countries reported direct economic losses of $2,908 billion of which climate-related disasters accounted for $2,245 billion or 77% of the total. This compares with total reported losses for the period 1978-1997 of $1,313 billion of which climate-related disasters accounted for $895 billion or 68%," the UNISDR said.

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The Times of India, 11 October, 2018, https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/natural-disasters-cost-india-80-billion-in-20-years-un-report/articleshow/66156074.cms

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