Number of deaths caused by Natural Disasters dropped 80% since the 20th Century

Number of deaths caused by Natural Disasters plummeted 80% since the early 20th Century

While the reports of natural disasters have risen due to better media coverage as well as the increased occurences of extreme weather due to climate change, the number of deaths have from these disasters has dropped significantly since the early 1900s. What is also interesting is the fact that the number of deaths from epidemics has practically gone down from 300,000 annually in the first 30 years of the 20th century to “just” 4,000 in the 2010s. You can find the numbers here!

Contrary to the impression you might get when watching or reading the news, this is another area where things are much better then what the media might make you believe (even if unintentionally). As countries get richer they can spend more money on protecting their citizens or help them in the aftermath. Also, global aid has certainly improved over the last decades, also contributing to the decreased number of casualties.

Please check out the source at The above chart is licensed under CC-BY-SA by the author Max Roser.

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