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Catastrophes and poverty in developing countries

The negative impacts of climate change on the natural and human environment are generally considered as a global problem (IPCC, 2007). Climactic disasters affect both developed!and!developing countries, with particularly high impacts on the second of these. From 1980 to 2012, losses linked to catastrophes totalled 3800 billion dollars across the world (World Bank, 2013). According to an OECD report(2012), the number of persons exposed to floods annually will!increase from 1.2 billion to 1.6 billion between now and 2050. The catastrophes reduce household incomes, destroy assets and negatively impact investment in assets (Carter!et al., 2007).

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