Sonali Deraniyagala

Sonali Deraniyagala is an economist and memoirist. She is a member of the faculty of the Department of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and is a research scholar at Columbia University, New York City, United States of America.

The destructive effects of natural disasters are felt more in poorer countries than in more prosperous ones. While both rich and poor nations are subject to natural hazards, most of the 3.3 million disaster-related deaths over the last 40 years occurred in poor countries.