The Most Expensive Weather Year Ever

Hurricanes and wildfires in the US send global disaster damage bill soaring to $306bn

Global losses from natural and man-made disasters have soared to $306bn (£228bn) this year, with the US the hardest-hit country.

Data from reinsurer Swiss Re showed 2017’s damage tally had risen by 63pc from last year’s $188bn, with the deadly hurricane season in the US in the latter part of the year a major contributor. Wildfires in California also ramped up losses.

Insured losses from disasters during the year were about $136bn – more than double 2016’s level – and the third highest on record, Swiss Re said…


The Most Expensive Weather Year Ever

…Though Harvey and Irma did less catastrophic damage on the mainland, that damage was more costly because of the value of the homes, businesses, and public infrastructure there….

There were the hurricanes that rained down biblical floods on Texas and Florida and devastated Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. There were the fires that smoked wine country and coated Montana and Oregon in ash, and the fires that are burning down houses in Santa Barbara. Then, there were the king tides that flooded Miami, the heat waves that seared the southwest, the tornadoes that scarred the southeast, and the rains that never came in the Cascades. No wonder the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration has deemed this to be the second most extreme year, weather-wise, in the past century.

That extreme weather has taken a devastating and unknowable human toll, on families from San Juan to San Francisco. And it has taken economic one as well. It now seems a near certainty that 2017 will be the most expensive year in American history in terms of natural disasters—and a preview of the trillions of…


Review of Earthquake Contingency Plan of Dhaka City Corporation

Bangladesh is a pioneer in disaster management. Standing Orders on Disaster (SOD) of 1996 paved the way of our disaster preparedness activities. Our disaster preparedness plans are mainly designed to tackle regular calamities such as flood, cyclone and so on. But another major threat looming over the city is earthquake for which we do not have adequate preparation. Notably, comprehensive disaster management programme (CDMP) prepared an earthquake contingency plan for undivided Dhaka city in 2010. Unfortunately the plan is yet to be implemented. In today’s roundtable we will review the plan and discuss how to address its loopholes and operationalize the plan in the present context….


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