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Tsunamis accounted for $280 bn worth of economic losses over 20 years: UN

The figures came on Friday from the emergency events database maintained by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, based at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium

IANS  |  Geneva 

An area hit by an earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Sulawesi. File Photo: Reuters
An area hit by an earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Sulawesi. File Photo: Reuters

The UN Office for has sought attention to the significant loss of life and worth $280 billion associated with tsunamis, notably for countries bordering the Indian and Pacific Oceans, over the last twenty years.

A review of available data from tsunami events puts these losses at 251,770 deaths and $280 billion out of recorded for earthquakes and of $661.5 billion (1998-2017).

The figures came on Friday from the emergency events database maintained by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, based at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, said: "November 5 is World Tsunami Awareness Day and it is an occasion to promote greater understanding of tsunami risk to avoid future loss of life.

"This year we also want to bring attention to the can inflict as a result of damage to critical located along vulnerable, densely populated coastlines."

He said that Central Sulawesi in Indonesia was still in the early stages of recovery from an earthquake and tsunami which struck on September 28.

"We need to support Indonesia in their efforts to build back better."

First Published: Sat, November 03 2018. 15:04 IST
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