Wednesday, January 31, 2007

World mapper

Killed by drought

Of all drought-related disasters between 1975 and 2000, 98% of deaths occurred in just three territories: Ethiopia, Sudan and Mozambique. There were an estimated 560 thousand drought-related disaster deaths worldwide during this period, occurring in just 20 of the 200 territories that are mapped.

A sustained drought can result in crop failure, deaths of livestock and ultimately deaths of people. Unlike other disasters, droughts are slow to unfold and may continue for years.

See World maps of other phenomenons here

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