OfficialWire: Weather Disasters Likely To Rise:
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The Center for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters, at that Universite Catholique de Louvain in Brussels, found that the 373 natural disasters in 2010 killed more than 296,800 people and caused about $110 billion in damages.
Margareta Wahlstrom, the U.N. special envoy for disasters, said 'These figures are bad but could be seen as benign in years to come,'
'Unless we act now, we will see more and more disasters due to unplanned urbanization and environmental degradation.'
Wahlstrom said weather-related disasters are likely to rise because of complications tied to global climate change. A heat wave during the summer caused more than 50,000 fatalities in Russia and the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti killed more than 222,000.