The World Meteorological Organization has released a new Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes. The Atlas is a 48 page document, available at this direct link.
One of the news articles about the report is: Sandy is rated world’s second costliest weather-related disaster since 1970. Some excerpts:
The $50 billion path of destruction Hurricane Sandy carved along the East Coast in 2012 ranks the storm as the second-costliest weather-related disaster in the world over the last four decades, according to a new report.
Only Hurricane Katrina wreaked more economic havoc during that period, the report said, with nearly $147 billion in economic losses caused by the 2005 storm.
Another article notes that heat waves are overtaking drought as the most deadly disaster event globally.