Geneva: India ranks second in the world for natural disasters after China; a top UN official has said underlining that unplanned urbanization and failure to address the issue of climate change pose a grave threat worldwide.
The two rapidly growing countries in the world — China and India — rank first and second in the number of reported natural disasters. While China witnessed 22 natural disasters, India came second with 16.
About 373 natural disasters killed over 296,800 people last year. The estimated costs of natural disasters in 2010 — in which an earthquake in Haiti killed over 222,500 people and the Russian heat wave caused around 56,000 fatalities — is around $ 110 billion.
The loss of lives and destruction to property was several times higher in China which witnessed landslides, earthquakes, and floods on an increasing scale.