Using this graphic and referring to it is encouraged, and please use it in presentations, web pages, newspapers, blogs and reports.
For any form of publication, please include the link to this page and give the cartographer/designer credit (in this case Riccardo Pravettoni)
ICIMOD, Information on the Occasion of World
Environment Day, 2007; ICIMOD online database, accessed
July 2010; OCHA, 2010; BBC Press review, 2010.
Uploaded on Friday 03 Feb 2012
Recent flood events in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya region
Since Asia comprises a large portion of the World’s popula-
tion, and more than 40% of all the foods in the world occur
in Asia, a large number of people are affected by disasters
(Fig. 14). More than 40% of the people killed by natural di-
sasters are killed in Asia (Fig. 15). In the ten-year period from 1999–2008, 402 foods were recorded in Africa, 342 in the Americas, 259 in Europe and 649 in Asia. In the same time period close to 1 billion people were affected by foods in Asia whereas the corresponding fgures for Europe were around 4 million, for the Americas 28 million and Africa 22 million. The vast majority of people either injured, made homeless or otherwise affected by natural disasters on a global basis, i.e. 80–90% live in Asia. As a rough estimate foods appear to cause 20–25% of all deaths associated with natural disasters across Asia (World Disaster Report, 2009, USAID, 2007, UNU-IAS, 2008).