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The frequency and intensity of water-related hazards is generally rising

Between 1991 and 2000 over 665 000 people died in 2 557 natural disasters of which 90% were water related. According to the UN Global Assessment Report, since 1900 more than 11 million people have died as a consequence of drought and more than 2 billion have been affected by drought, more than any other physical hazard. The frequency and intensity of such hazards is generally rising.

Last update:07 Oct 2014