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World Disasters Report 2000

23/12/2000 - by IFRC

World Disaster Report 2000 - Focus on public health

While earthquakes and floods capture media headlines and donor dollars, the uncontrolled spread of infectious disease takes the most lives. Shocking figures are contained in this year's World Disasters Report released today by the International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent Societies.

The death toll from infectious diseases (such as AIDS, malaria, respiratory diseases and diarrhoea) is 160 times greater than the number killed in last year's natural disasters including the massive earthquakes in Turkey, floods in Venezuela and cyclones in India. And the situation is getting worse.

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