A short paper to support the International Day for Disaster Reduction 2016: “Live to Tell”
During the past 50 years (1966-2015) 20,533 disasters caused an estimated 4.5 million deaths worldwide. Natural hazards caused 62% of these disasters and 38% were human-induced.  We are reminded that, sadly, most disasters (and disaster deaths) that could happen have not happened yet. (GAR 2015, p54.) This paper describes disaster mortality and what measures can be taken to reduce the mortality from future hazardous events, including disasters.
Disaster-related mortality is defined as those deaths occurring where the immediate or the underlying cause(s) occur as a result of exposure to a natural or human-induced hazard.