Here Are 10 of the Deadliest Natural Disasters in 2020

Croatia: Deadly earthquake causes huge damage

A powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake rocked central Croatia on Tuesday, killing at least six people and leaving more than 20 others injured, officials said.

The quake struck at around 1130 GMT near the town of Petrinja, around 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the capital, Zagreb, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The tremors were also felt in neighboring countries Bosnia and Serbia.  Officials said a 12-year-old girl died in Petrinja, while five other people were killed in a nearby village.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, who rushed to Petrinja, said: “We have information that one girl was killed. The army is here to help. We will have to move some people from Petrinja because it is unsafe to be here.”

Journalist Dalibor Dobric in Zagreb told DW there were also reports of injuries in the capital, adding that parts of the city were without electricity…

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A trend in facilities management is the greening of existing buildings: replacing older HVAC, electrical, and other systems with modern and energy-efficient features. But what we think of as green design is only one-half of sustainability. Superstorm Sandy hit New York in 2012, lashing an area at the center of the national green building movement.

The storm left more than 380,000 buildings damaged and produced more than 10 million tons of building debris. Debris that had to be hauled away in thousands of carbon-emitting trucks, was left in landfills to leach toxic chemicals into the air and water, and which had to be replaced with 10 million tons of new materials…

Here Are 10 of the Deadliest Natural Disasters in 2020

Hurricane Laura swept through the island of Hispaniola, hitting Haiti and the Dominican Republic before making landfall on Aug. 27 in parts of Louisiana and Texas, killing 77 people across the three countries, according. The storm tied with an 1856 hurricane for the strongest winds in Louisiana’s history.

Although the world’s focus has been on the coronavirus pandemic, the presence of natural disasters has persisted, and in some cases, compounded with COVID-19, becoming even costlier.

A record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season, flash floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and wildfires plagued already reeling communities from Australia to Turkey this year, as thousands of people lost their lives.

According to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reductions, there has been a rise in climate-related disasters during the past 20 years. Between 1980 and 1999, there were 3,656 climate-related events, as opposed to 6,681 between 2000 and 2019. Those differences are reflected in the number of floods, which has more than doubled in the past 20 years, while the incidence of storms increased from around 1,457 to around 2,034…

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