The number of people affected by disasters
continued to rise in 2005.The year began with the response to the South
East Asia tsunami and finished with the response to the South Asia earthquake.
Each year, one in five WHO Member States experiences a crisis that endangers
the health of its people. Estimates indicate that more than 150 million
people were directly affected by natural disasters.
Moreover, for each major emergency that
is reported by the media and recorded in international databases, there
are dozens of smaller-sized emergencies that strike local communities,