Facts About Disaster Relief



The December 26, 2004, tsunami was triggered by an earthquake off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island. At a magnitude of 9.0, it is the fourth strongest earthquake on record.




In Africa, 200 million people are threatened by famine or food insecurity.




During the Bosnian War, 37.5 million pounds of inappropriate medicines were donated.




Officials estimate 1.2 million people in Darfur were forced from their homes by conflict. They are scattered over an area twice the size of France.

The Lutheran



Thousands of earthquakes occur every day around the globe, most of them too weak to be felt.

National Geographic



Natural catastrophes claimed 11,000 lives throughout the world in 2002 and caused damage estimated at $11.4 billion. Floods accounted for $4.1 billion of that total -- a new record high figure.

Zurich Financial Services



Natural disasters kill one million people around the world each decade, and leave millions more homeless each year.

United Nations