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Heartbreaking & Devastating Camp Fire Was World’s Costliest Catastrophe of 2018

Over 600 flee as flooding, landslides hit Southern Mindanao

Hundreds fled their homes as several villages in Southern Mindanao were flooded due to moderate to heavy rains dumped by the trough of a low-pressure area since Friday, disaster management officials said on Saturday.

The Office of Civil Defense in Davao region said at least 37 individuals were moved to safer grounds in Abejod and Mainit villages in Cateel town, Davao Oriental late Friday due to the threat of flooding…

 

Snow brings parts of Europe to standstill

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Some of the heaviest snow was in Bavaria where some villages were cut off.

Heavy snowfalls brought chaos to parts of Germany and Sweden on Friday, leaving roads blocked, trains halted and schools shut.

The Red Cross helped drivers stuck on a motorway in the southern German state of Bavaria and a nine-year-old boy was killed by a falling tree.

The front of a Swiss hotel was hit by an avalanche and a winter storm made roads impassable in Sweden and Norway.

Austrian rescuers had to battle through chest-deep snow to reach a snowboarder.

The 41-year-old Pole had lost his way after going off piste at the resort of Schlossalmbahn….

 

Heartbreaking & Devastating Camp Fire Was World’s Costliest Catastrophe of 2018

Lamentably, these weather and geophysical events caused 10,400 human deaths and $160 billion in estimated damages last year, reinsurance company Munich Re said on Tuesday.

The deadliest disaster of 2018 was the horrific earthquake-tsunami combo that struck the Indonesian city of Palu in September, where 2,100 lives perished, according to the German firm.

The year’s top three most expensive natural disasters all occurred in the U.S. The Camp Fire—the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history—topped Munich Re’s list with overall losses of $16.5 billion and insured losses of $12.5 billion. Eighty-six people died and thousands of homes and buildings were incinerated during the November fire in Butte County.

Hurricanes Michael ($16 billion) and Florence ($14 billion) round out the top three. Florence in September and Michael in October were part of an unusually active 2018 Atlantic hurricane season…

 

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