The year 2017 saw some of the worst natural disasters in the history of the world. Almost every continent faced the catastrophe of one or another natural disaster.
According to Robert Glasser, a United Nations disaster risk official “There can be little doubt that 2017 is turning into a year of historic significance in the struggle against climate change and all the other risks that put human life in danger and threaten the peace and security of exposed and vulnerable communities around the world who find themselves in harm’s way from hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes.”
SOUTH ASIA FLOODS AND LANDSLIDES
Floods and landslides caused by monsoons have affected around 41 million people in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. It took the lives of around 600 people all alone in India. 2000 relief camps were set up to provide shelter to the people of affected areas.
SIERRA LEONE MUDSLIDE
A tragic mudslide resulting from rainfall and floods sparked an emergency in Sierra Leone. It took lives of more than 600 people and affecting the lives of more than 6000 people.
A colossal landslide hit the southern city of Mocoa in early April of 2017 and resulted in the death of almost 300 people. More than 200 people were injured in this massive landslide which was then followed by heavy rainfall.
EARTHQUAKE IN MEXICO
An earthquake measuring 7.1 on Richter scale hit Mexico recently on Sept 19, 2017. It killed almost 225 people and injured several others. It hit Mexico just after another massive earthquake, which had already killed hundreds of people and had left millions in need of relief.
SRI LANKAN HEAVY RAINFALLS
Towards the end of May, Sri Lanka drone into heavy floods caused by heavy rainfalls and strong monsoon winds. It killed over 200 people and affected over 415,600 others.