Geneva - Some 373 natural disasters killed
over 296,800 people in 2010, affecting nearly 208 million others and costing
nearly US$110 billion, according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology
of Disasters (CRED).
The top two most lethal disasters --
the 12 January earthquake in Haiti, which killed over 222,500 people, as
well as the Russian heat wave in summer, which caused about 56,000 fatalities
made 2010 the deadliest years in at least two decades.
"These figures are bad, but could
be seen as benign in years to come," said Margareta Wahlström, Special