by: Margaret Arnold, Maxx Dilley, Uwe Deichmann, Robert S. Chen, Arthur L. Lerner-Lam
Earthquakes, floods, drought, and other natural hazards cause tens
of thousands of deaths, hundreds of thousands of injuries, and billions
of dollars in economic losses each year around the world. Many billions
of dollars in humanitarian assistance, emergency loans, and development
aid are expended annually. Yet efforts to reduce the risks of natural
hazards remain largely uncoordinated across different hazard types and
do not necessarily focus on areas at highest risk of disaster.
Natural Disaster Hotspots presents a global view of major
natural disaster risk hotspots—areas at relatively high risk of
loss from one or more natural hazards. It summarizes the results of an
interdisciplinary analysis of the location and characteristics of
hotspots for six natural hazards—earthquakes, volcanoes,
landslides, floods, drought, and cyclones. Data on these hazards are
combined with state-of-the-art data on the subnational distribution of
population and economic output and past disaster losses to identify
areas at relatively high risk from one or more hazards.
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