Daily news report natural catastrophies more and more frequently. The reports include earthquakes, floods, volcanos, famines and droughts. The number of fatalities from natural disasters can vary grately from year to year. Looking at the average over the last ten years, about 45,000 people died each year worldwide from natural disasters. This issue brief summarizes important facts and guidelines to prepare, prevent and assess future events.
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