Airborne disasters affecting the world have been reported to have quintupled in 50 years.
According to BBC information, research by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) spanning 50 years has revealed that the number of weather-related disasters has increased five-fold since 1970.
While scientists have pointed out that factors such as climate change and harsh weather conditions are causing the increase in natural events such as storms, floods and droughts, it has been said that the improvement early warning systems helped reduce the number of deaths.
According to WMO research, more than 11,000 disasters occurred between 1970 and 2019.
As a result of these disasters, when over two million people lost their lives, there was an economic loss of $ 3 trillion of $ 64 billion.
Secretary General of WMO Prof. Petteri Taalas warned that the number of extreme weather events would increase further due to climate change.
Stating that more heat waves, droughts and forest fires have been observed recently in Europe and North America, Taalas said, “The amount of water vapor reaching the atmosphere is increasing, resulting in excessive rains and fatal flooding. Warming oceans have affected the impact area and frequency of tropical storms. used the expression.
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More than 90 percent of deaths from aviation disasters occurred in developing countries, according to the study.
While 650,000 people lost their lives to the drought, extreme temperatures claimed the lives of around 56,000 people. But over the 50-year period, the total number of disaster deaths has fallen sharply.
On the other hand, while there was an economic loss of about $ 49 million per day between 1970-79, this amount increased sevenfold between 2010-2019 and reached $ 383 million per day.
The economic impact of Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma, which hit the United States in 2017, accounted for 35% of the total losses in the top 10 disasters between 1970 and 2019.
While emphasizing that improvements in warning systems help save lives, it was stressed that there is still work to be done in research.
It was reported that only half of the 193 WMO member countries had multi-risk early warning systems.