World Poverty is a Disaster
Billions of people around the world live in extreme poverty. Nearly 10 percent of the world's population. That's almost 1 billion people living below the World Bank poverty line of $1.90 per day.
And almost half the world (nearly 4 billion people) lives with a household income below $2.50 a day.
The extremely poor live without support, on the sidelines, watching economic growth and prosperity pass them by. They are shunned by the world economy. They live lives abundant in scarcity.
Even the environment attacks poor people.
When nature strikes, the world's poor suffer the most.
More than 1.35 million people have been killed by earthquakes, hurricane, tsunamis, etc. over the past 20 years. The world's poorest countries bore the brunt of the devastation.
In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 230,000 people. All of them were in poor countries — low- and middle-income countries such as: Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and India.
In 2011, a similar magnitude earthquake spawned a tsunami that struck high-income Japan, and its waves were 30 feet taller. The number of people who died?
Poverty was the difference in the death toll.
The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 killed 223,000 people. Equally forceful earthquakes hit Chile and New Zealand later that same year. Five hundred people died in Chile. No deaths occurred in New Zealand.
Poverty caused the difference.