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All the meteorologists holiday today

March 23 2006

Under the motto "Preventing and Mitigating Natural Disasters" will be the World Meteorological Day, celebrated today, March 23. Head North-West Department for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring Anatoly Grabowski explained that such a choice was made due to the fact that 90% of all natural disasters related to weather, climate and water, as well as in recognition of the important role played by World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

"Over the last decade in the world and in Russia by 25-30% increase in the number of emerging natural hazards. During the 10-year period from 1992 to 2002 natural disasters around the globe led to the deaths of 622 thousand people, and suffered from them 2 billion people. Economic losses from such disasters amounted to 446 billion dollars ", - said Vice Rector for Research of the Russian State Hydrometeorological University Vladimir Vorobiev.

The World Meteorological Organization and the 187 countries that are part of it, every year on March 23 celebrate World Meteorological Day. It marks the entry into force in 1950, the convention that created this organization. Reports Interfax

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