2005년 한 해동안 전세계에 걸쳐 일어난 자연재난 건수가 전년도에 비해 18퍼센트나 늘어났으며 그에 따른 사망자수가 약 9만2천 명에 달했다고 유엔이 밝혔습니다.
유엔 재난감소국제전략국은 30일, 발표한 보고서를 통해 지난 해 발생한 자연재난이 360건으로 2004년에 비해 55건이나 더 늘어났다고 밝히고 자연재난에 따른 이재민 수가 1억5천7백 만명에 달했으며 경제적 손실도 수 백억 달러에 달했다고 말했습니다.
A new United Nations report says natural disasters rose by 18 percent last year, killing nearly 92-thousand people. The report released today (Monday) says last year's natural disasters affected the lives of 157-million people and caused billions of dollars in economic damage.
The U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction in Geneva and Belgium's Louvain Center for Research compiled the figures for the report. The report says that last year, there were 360 natural disasters, compared to 305 in 2004. It says the increase was mainly due to the rising numbers of floods, droughts and windstorms. Pakistan, Guatemala and the United States had the largest numbers of deaths, and China, India and the U.S. had the largest number of disasters.
The director of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, Salvano Briceno, says additional threats such as global warming and environmental degradation make millions of people more vulnerable to natural hazards.