Wednesday, January 05, 2005

How many people died in the Tsunami?

And how does that compare to other death counts?

The estimates I've heard suggest that about 150,000 people died in the tsunami. To put that in perspective, I attempted to calculate the number of people who die on a normal day. The 2004 World Population Data Sheet provides the following figures.
  • The population of the world is about 6.4 billion.
  • Approximately 9 people die every year for each 1,000 alive. That means that about 57 million people die every year.
  • If they died at an approximately constant rate throughout the year, then approximately 160,000 people die every day.
  • So the tsunami, was equivalent to an extra day's harvest of death.

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