UN official says weather related disasters accounted for 59% of all reported disasters last year
Serious flooding affects 500m people every year, not just in Asian countries but in countries like Sudan, Colombia, Ethiopia and Afghanistan, according to a senior U.N. official.
Quoted by the Associated Press, Assistant Secretary-General Margareta Wahlstrom, the U.N. deputy emergency relief coordinator, said floods and weather related disasters accounted for 59% of all reported disasters last year.
She also said, governments need to invest in flood defenses and drainage.
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