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The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) published on Thursday 1 September its Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes, from 1970 to 2019.

The new WMO Atlas revealed that the number of weather, climate, and water-related disasters has increased fivefold over the past 50 years. More than 11,000 disasters attributed to these phenomena have been reported in the last five decades worldwide, resulting in over two million deaths. However, the organisation stressed that weather-related disasters have caused more damage but fewer deaths thanks to better warning systems.

In a statement, WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said that “the number of extreme weather, climate, and water events continue to increase. As a result of climate change, they will become more frequent and more severe in many parts of the world.”