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May 24, 2009: The United Nation Warns Us: Natural Disasters Will Kill Millions of People

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Global warming, pollution, environmental issues and fast urbanization will increase risks of natural disaster. As consequences, it will put millions of people in danger. Although, there is a way to reduce risks and it is up to each countries’ government to invest in their people.

In 2008, the Secretary-General of the United Nations count more then 300 catastrophes, which killed 238,000, and distress close to 200 million people. The cost of the disasters jumped to more then 180 billion. This is a cost that will only increase if nothing is done to prevent part of it. This is another example showing that the cost of doing nothing will be much greater then acting immediately on it.

The people living in countries in development are the ones that suffer the most from natural disasters, especially Asia. Bangladesh, China and India gather tree quarters of all the death caused by flooding. The countries in Middle East and Africa have to deal with different problems such as dryness.

Investing in sustainable development is actually the best way to prevent such events and fight poverty. It is a very good way to invest in the lives of million of people and assure a safer future for the next generations.

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