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Disasters killed 141 Aussies in 2014

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The Ebola outbreak, the sinking of the Sewol ferry in South Korea and the Malaysia Airlines plane crashes contributed to 8186 deaths, including 141 Australians, in 2014.

The World Disasters Report is produced annually by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Most of the lives lost were in the Asia-Pacific region, which continues to be the world’s most disaster-affected area.

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China suffered the highest toll, with 1902 people killed, while India lost more than 1400 citizens to landslides and floods.

A total of 107 million people were affected by some 317 natural disasters, the report states.

But in some good news, this year’s report recorded the lowest number of people killed in disasters since 1986.

Unfortunately, that trend is unlikely to continue, with the toll from Nepal’s earthquake of 2015 already eclipsing the total number of deaths from natural disasters in 2014.

Climate-related disasters – which accounted for almost 90 per cent of 2014 disasters – are also expected to keep posing a challenge for worldwide aid organisations.

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