Map of Major Natural Disasters 2017
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018

PHILIPPINES: Landslides in Tacloban City kill four people

January 16, 2018: Rain-induced landslides in Tacloban City of Philippines have claimed lives of four people.

The northeast monsoon is affecting Northern and Central Luzon, while the tail-end of a cold front is affecting the eastern section of Southern Luzon, PAGASA said.

Mudslide in Montecito, Southern California kills 20

January 12, 2018: A series of mudslides in Southern California have claimed lives of at least 20 people and injured 28 others, particularly affecting areas northwest of Los Angeles in Santa Barbara County.

The mudslide disaster occurred on January 9th early morning at Montecito and other areas of Santa Barbara County.

Last Updated: Friday, December 8, 2017

M5.2 earthquake in Dolakha halts election vote counting

December 8, 2017: An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter Scale hit Dolakha at 08:36 am local time, the Nepal Seismological Center reported.

The earthquake occurred at shallow depth of 10 km, around 83 km east of Capital Kathmandu. It was very close to the district's headquarter Jiri.

Last Updated: Thursday, November 23, 2017

Hurricane Maria kills 129 people, worst natural disaster in Dominica

November 10, 2017: At least 129 people are confirmed dead due to Hurricane Maria; 55 in Puerto Rico, 57 in Dominica, 5 in the Dominican Republic, 4 in the contiguous United States, 3 in Haiti, 2 in Guadeloupe, and 3 in the United States Virgin Islands.

Hurricane Maria is regarded as the worst natural disaster on record in Dominica. Maria caused catastrophic damage and a major humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico.

Magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Central Mexico kills 370

September 19, 2017: An earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck Central Mexico at 13:14 CDT (18:14 UTC) on 19 September 2017 with epicenter located about 55 km south of the city of Puebla. 

Last Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017

Decades worst natural disaster in Greece kills 16

November 17, 2017: The worst natural disaster that hit the Greek capital Athens in decades has claimed lives of at least 16 people.

Nearly all of the fatalities occurred in Mandra, and authorities said about 500 homes and businesses were damaged, The Weather Channel reported.

Last Updated: Monday, October 16, 2017

Floods and landslides in Vietnam kill 72

October 13, 2017: At least 72 people have been killed in flood and landslide caused by typhoon Khanun.

According to the Vietnam's disaster agency, at least eighteen people died in Hoa Binh province by a landslide.

Khanun has weakened from a typhoon after passing south of Hong Kong.

According to the World Bank, natural disasters have killed more than 13,000 people and caused more than $6.4bn in property damage over the past 20 years in Vietnam.