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UN: Weather and Climate Dominate 2015 Disaster Trends

A rampant El Nino spurred by global warming was responsible for 92% of natural disasters in 20151, according to the UN’s risk agency.

Worst hit countries included China, the US, India, Philippines and Indonesia. The Asia-Pacific region was hit by the majority of last year’s 90 major storms, of which 48 were cyclone-strength.

The number of chronic droughts, affecting 50 million people, was double the 10-year average, said Robert Glasser, head of the Geneva-based UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Fadil Basymeleh

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