World Bank, U.N. Reports Examine Relationship Between Poverty, Disasters

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Tens of millions face poverty unless cities plan for disasters: World Bank
“Climate change could plunge tens of millions of city dwellers into poverty in the next 15 years, threatening to undo decades of development efforts, the World Bank said on Wednesday. Fast-growing cities particularly in the developing world are ill-prepared to deal with increasing climate-related disasters, according to a joint report by the bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), which the bank manages…” (Malo, 10/12).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: To curb deaths from disasters, end poverty: U.N. chief
“Ending extreme poverty is essential to save lives and limit damage from disasters, U.N. chief Ban Ki-Moon said, as figures revealed poorer nations bear the brunt of deaths from earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, storms, and heat waves. An analysis of more than 7,000 disasters over the past two decades, in which 1.35 million people died, showed 90 percent of those deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries. Ban called it ‘a damning indictment of inequality’…” (Rowling, 10/12).