Numbers and frequency of disasters & humanitarian crises on the rise
Considering the number and frequency of catastrophes, such as humanitarian crisis and natural disasters, it becomes clear that more and more people all over the world are and will be seriously affected by the consequences of disasters like risks to life and health as well as
- According to the UN, there were 9.9 million refugees globally at the end of 2006 - a rise of 1.2 million or 14% - from the total of 8.7 million recorded at the end of 2005.
- The natural disasters that occurred from January to June 2008 affected 130 million people (UN Int. Strategy for Disaster Reduction).
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