October 2005

Disaster Feature

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In the year 2005, the people of various corners of the globe have experienced numerous natural disasters. The latest one is the earthquake in Pakistan and India. The heaviest damage occurred in the Muzaffarabad area in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, where entire villages were destroyed. At Uri in India, 80 percent of the town was destroyed. Pakistan appears to have born the brunt of this disaster, including an overwhelming majority of the deaths. Nearly forty percent of the affected areas are inaccessible due to landslides. In India, people have died, mainly in the Uri sector of Baramulla. In Afghanistan, there are reports of some injuries and structural damage, mainly in provinces nearest Pakistan.

Taken together, hurricanes Katrina and Rita are by far the most costly natural catastrophe in the US history, with estimates of insured losses now exceeding $60 billion.

Hurricane Katrina was the eleventh named tropical storm, fourth hurricane, third major hurricane, and first Category 5 hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. It was the third most powerful storm of the season, behind Hurricane Wilma and Hurricane Rita, and the sixth-strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic basin. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Katrina)The South Asia subcontinent has already experienced devastating Tsunami last year. Time will tell us how many worse experiences are waiting for us in this year. Before experiencing those, let us have a glimpse of the past experiences of disasters which have affected maximum people of various nations last year (2004).

Top 10 disasters by number of deaths

    

Disasters Countries affected Number of deaths
Tsunami (December)
Hurricane Jeanne (September)
Flood (May-June)
Tropical storm Winnie (November)
Flood (June-August)
Flood (May-June)
Dengue epidemic (January

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