Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) Natural Disasters Data Book 2016 provides statistical perspectives in figures and tables for 2016 as well as for the period 1987-2016 based on data obtained by EM-DAT.
According to EM-DAT, 350 natural disasters occurred in 2016 worldwide, killing 10,273 people and affecting over 204 million people. The estimated amount of economic damage came close to US$147.4 billion.
In 2016, the earthquake that hit Ecuador in April brought about serious damages to the country. The disaster claimed nearly 670 people. The storm that hit the United States in January has the largest affected people in the world with over 85.0 million.
On the other hand, the flood that hit China in June caused the largest economic damage worth US$2.2 billion, which ranked the highest.
By region, Asia is ranked the highest in the indices of disaster occurrences, the number of people killed and economic damage. Asia accounts for 45.1 percent in occurrences; number of people killed, 50.5 percent; and amount of economic damage, 49.5 percent. As for the number of people affected, Americas topped by 46.4 percent.
By disaster types, flood is dominant in occurrence, killed, and economic damage at 45.7 percent, 45.3 percent, and 38.7 percent, respectively, while storm tops in number of people affected by 46.0 percent.
Data Book 2016 also contains tables of the 25 worst disasters by number of people killed and total affected people, economic damage, and their respective ratios to population and gross domestic product. It also includes tables of 2016 disasters in Asian countries sorted by country and disaster type.