The earthquake that devastated the already poverty-stricken people of Haiti in 2010 would have taken a lifetime to rebuild. Thanks to the $US13.5 billion donated to various charities from around the world, the people of Haiti are getting back on their feet.
"The financial burden created by a natural disaster can be crippling to an economy."
As the severity of natural disasters is often measured in loss-of-life, the deeper, human costs associated go beyond the financial.
Explore our interactive infographic to appreciate the profound scale of a natural disaster, the massive costs involved and who is most at risk.