Alarming report lists Australia in the top 10 for the world’s most devastating natural disasters – causing $38billion worth of damage

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Alarming report lists Australia in the top 10 for the world’s most devastating natural disasters – causing $38billion worth of damage

Australia was ranked tenth worldwide for the cost of damage caused by natural disasters such as cyclones and floods. Pictured is the Ingham in north Queensland in March

Another alarming statistic was that the Asia-Pacific region was identified as the world’s most disaster-prone.

The region was hit by around 40 per cent of the 335 disasters recorded worldwide in 2017 and accounted for almost 60 per cent of disaster-related deaths.

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