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Earthquakes, bushfires, floods and thunderstorm asthma wreaking havoc in 2016
Earthquakes, bushfires, floods and, in Australia, previously little-known thunderstorm asthma were among the natural disasters that made headlines around the world in 2016.
It seemed like a year of earthquakes.
While there have been far deadlier years when it comes to the toll, earthquakes lingered in the headlines throughout the year.
In early February, earthquake-prone Taiwan was shaken by a 6.4-magnitude quake that killed 117 people and caused widespread damage across the country’s south.
Almost all of those killed died when a 17-story residential building collapsed in Tainan.
Then, in August, almost 300 people died in central Italy in a 6.2-magnitude quake.
Among the survivors was a 65-year-old man named Giancarlo, from the town of Amatrice.
“I was in a house on top of the hill that collapsed,” he said. “I survived, thank God, and I hope others are safe as well. I’ve been out here for two-and-a-half hours, wearing just my underwear…
Number of natural disasters hit 14-year high in 2016
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said on Thursday that 2,342 natural disasters had been recorded in Indonesia this year, the highest figure in 14 years. “It’s a new record, the highest since 2002,” said BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho when he presented a year-end report at the BNPB headquarters in Jakarta. He further said 766 of the total calamities were floods, followed by whirlwinds and landslides, which ranked second and third with 669 and 612 cases, respectively. The disasters claimed 522 lives, displaced more than 3 million people and damaged 69,287 houses and 2,311 public facilities in areas across the archipelago…