Introduction and Acknowledgments

Authored by: Flavia Zorzi Giustiniani , Emanuele Sommario , Federico Casolari , Giulio Bartolini

Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Disasters

Print publication date:  March  2018
Online publication date:  March  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138069916
eBook ISBN: 9781315115238
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Empirical evidence points to the increased frequency and destructive potential of natural and technological disasters. From data collected at Leuven University by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), 1 we know that 11,713 disasters have taken place between 2000 and 2016, killing more than 1.4 million people, injuring almost 5 million, and leaving almost 38 million homeless. More than 3.6 billion people have been affected, and the material damage has exceeded USD 2 trillion. 2 Notwithstanding a slight decrease in the number of catastrophic events over the last few years, the overall trend shows a clear surge in their incidence and in the economic damage caused.

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