Natural disaster toll for first half of 2008

Myanmar cyclone
Myanmar cycloneCourtesy Robert Rohde

229,000 deaths

In the first six months of 2008, natural disasters resulted in 229,000 deaths, effecting 130 million people. The natural disasters responsible for these very high figures are Cyclone Nargis, which struck Myanmar last May 3-4, and the earthquake that shook China a few days later.

The severe hurricane season in the Caribbean and the current floods in India, which are reaching historic proportions, are also considered among the most serious disasters of 2008. (Sálvano Briceño, director of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction)

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

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johana says:

I believe that the way we worry about small things is just sad, when we should be worrying about what things we do to effect our envornment..those are the things we should worry about!

posted on Mon, 11/10/2008 - 12:32pm

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