The death of over 10 thousand persons and the damages caused to 62 million by extreme meteorological events in 2018, imposed on governments the challenge of introducing effective policies of prevention and mitigation.

The number of deaths was the sixth lowest in this century, far from the average of 77 thousand deaths, result of the non-existing catastrophes of enormous proportions, according to the United Nations Office for the Reduction of Risks due to Disasters (Unisdr).

Nevertheless, the figure was larger than the 8,500 victims in 2016 and the 9,700 of the following year, according to the yearly report of that organism that also registered the affected persons, be due to wounds, left homeless or displaced.

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