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LONDON (Reuters) – Human activity is contributing to a growing number of disasters, with 350 and 500 medium-to-large disasters a year worldwide over the past two decades and more frequent events expected, according to a UN report .

The number of disasters – many of which are weather-related such as fires and floods, but also other hazards such as pandemics or chemical accidents – could reach 560 per year, or 1.5 per day, d 2030, putting millions of lives at risk. said the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) in its global assessment report.

Climate change is causing more extreme weather events, he said, adding that humans have made too narrow decisions and been too optimistic about the risk of potential disasters, leaving them unprepared.

The impact of disasters has also been accentuated by population growth in areas most prone to natural disasters, according to the report.

“The world must do more to integrate disaster risk into the way we live, build and invest, which is driving humanity into a spiral of self-destruction,” said Amina J Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of United Nations, which presented the report to the UN. headquarters in New York.

“We must turn our collective complacency into action.”

Disasters have a disproportionate impact on developing countries, which cause them to lose an average of 1% of GDP per year, compared to 0.1 to 0.3% in developed countries, according to the report.

The Asia-Pacific region suffers the greatest damage, losing an average of 1.6% of GDP to disasters each year.

Developing countries also tend to be underinsured.

Only 40% of catastrophe claims since 1980 were insured. Insurance coverage rates in developing countries were sometimes close to zero, according to the report.

“The financial system really needs to get ahead of this curve because otherwise there’s a lot of accumulated risk that isn’t factored into how we make decisions,” Jenty Kirsch-Wood told Reuters. main coordinator of the report. .

(Reporting by Carolyn Cohn; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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