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Cities and Natural Disaster

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Published: 19th Jul, 2019

Cities and Natural Disaster

Most cities are vulnerable to at least one type of natural disaster:

  • Of the 1,146 cities with at least 500,000 inhabitants in 2018, 679 (59 per cent) were at high risk of exposure to at least one of six types of natural disaster:
  1. Cyclones
  2. Floods
  3. Droughts
  4. Earthquakes
  5. Landslides
  6. Volcanic eruptions
  • Taken together, cities of 500,000 inhabitants or more facing high risk of exposure to at least one type of natural disaster were home to 1.4 billion people in 2018.
  • One hundred and eighty-nine cities—most located along coastlines—were at high risk of exposure to two or more types of natural disaster; 26 cities—including megacities Manila, Osaka and Tokyo—faced a high risk of exposure to three or more types of disaster.
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