2012 disasters in numbers in Asia

The UNISDR’s early assessment of disaster trends across Asia for 2012 shows that flood event mortality has declined, but economic losses remained significant. Asia is the most disaster-prone region in the world, with 36% of worldwide reported disasters occurring there from 2000-2011. According to UNISDR, floods were the most common and economically significant type of disaster in Asia in 2012, responsible for 54% of the death toll and 56% of economic damages, which totaled US$ 15.1 billion. This represented a relative reduction in the number of people killed by disasters in the region, but the UNISDR notes that economic losses continued to rise.