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"Bad situations only get worse without good disaster risk governance", the United Nations chief said in a message commemorating the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, which falls on October 13. The data showed that Asia was most frequently hit by natural disasters in the past 20 years, recording some 3,068, followed by the Americas with 1,756 and Africa with 1,192.

The report, released ahead of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on Tuesday, relied on statistics from the Emergency Events Database, which records all disasters that kill 10 or more people, affect 100 or more people or result in a state of emergency declaration.

Some 7,348 major disaster events were recorded globally, claiming 1.23 million lives, affecting 4.2 billion people and causing $2.97 trillion U.S. in economic losses during the two-decade period.

By 2000-2019, 7,348 natural disasters have been recorded globally, which was practically two instances as many as between 1980 and 1999, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) mentioned.

A total of 7,348 natural disasters were reported during this period, 91 percent of which were floods, storm, landslide, heat waves, drought, and wildfire, all extreme weather conditions.

India has been ranked No. 3, after China and the U.S., in recording the highest number of natural disasters over the last 20 years (2000-2019), paying a huge economic and human cost.

Disaster Management Coordinator, Fitzroy Pascal, said this year the focus is placed on disaster risk governance.

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Landmark steps were taken at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction at Sendai in Japan in 2015.

Floods - which have doubled - and - storms are essentially the most frequent disasters inside the final twenty years.

Akande-Sadipe added: "This year's International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction is about good governance to ensure that strategic funding and institutional action plans are put in place, to avert and measure disaster risk in terms of lives saved and reduced economic losses".

"In particular by industrial nations that are failing miserably on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to levels commensurate with the desired goal of keeping global warming at 1.5 ̊C as set out in the Paris Agreement", Mizutori and Guha-Sapir said.

The average number of global deaths caused by major disasters from 2000 to 2019 was approximately 60,000 per year.

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