Tropical cyclone-related deaths vary widely between countries, NZ sees most respiratory deaths

An Australian-led analysis of deaths from all causes, heart problems, and respiratory conditions during tropical cyclones in 18 countries that experienced a total of 382 cyclones between 1980 and 2019 found the most deaths occurred in Guatemala, Brazil, and New Zealand for all-cause, cardiovascular, and respiratory deaths, respectively. More severe storms tended to cause a higher number of deaths, although this varied between countries. Deaths related to cyclones have generally decreased since 1980, especially for the Philippines, Taiwan, and the USA, the authors say, although heart-related and all-cause deaths have increased in Japan. The findings highlight the need for differing, targeted strategies to reduce deaths in different countries and regions, the authors conclude

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