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600,000 die in weather-related disasters in 20 years: UN

A new UN-backed report found that in the past 20 years, more than 600,000 people have died as a result of weather-related disasters, and 90 percent of major disasters have been caused by nearly 6,500 recorded floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events.

The five countries hit by the highest number of disasters are the United States, China, India, the Philippines and Indonesia, said the report issued by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

The report found that since the first UN climate change conference (COP1), which was held in 1995, more than 606,000 people have died as a result of weather-related disasters, with an additional 4.1 billion people having been injured, left homeless or in need of emergency assistance. The report was released just weeks before the second UN climate conference (COP2) is to be convened in Paris.

During this period, 90 percent of major disasters have been caused by 6,457 recorded floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events, the report said.

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