Germans deposit €50 million of dirty money after floods

Droughts have killed the most people in the world’s worst natural disasters over the last 50 years

Droughts are the leading cause of death from the world’s worst disasters in the last 50 years, according to a report the World Meteorological Organization released on Tuesday.

“Disasters related to weather, climate, or water hazards happen five times more often now than they did in the 1970s, but the deaths they cause have decreased significantly, the report said.

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The UN agency’s report, which considered more than 11,000 weather disasters over the past half-century, highlighted four specific droughts that occurred in eastern Africa in the 1970s and 1980s as the leading killers. In all, droughts killed 650,000 people. The next biggest cause of death from disasters was storms, with more than 575,000 deaths.

The 1970s and 1980s saw an average of 170 deaths per day, which fell to 90 in the 1990s. In the 2010s, there were 40 deaths per day related to weather disasters.

More than 90% of the deaths occurred in developing counties, the report said…READ ON

Germans deposit €50 million of dirty money after floods

Germany’s central bank says it has received more than €50 million euros following July’s deadly floods.

Soaked and mouldy euro banknotes are waiting to be dried at the Bundesbank in Mainz.   –   Copyright  Boris Roessler/dpa via AP

The Bundesbank said Wednesday that they have been inundated with citizens who have handed in notes that were soaked in floodwater or contaminated with oil, sewage, and mud. The bank said that they usually receive damaged bills worth around €40 million per year.

The damaged money is dried, processed, and then destroyed at a centre in Mainz that analyzes forged and damaged money, the authority added.

German citizens who hand in the damaged notes are also refunded without charge. This year, the centre has received €51 million worth of notes from the flood-hit areas in western Germany between mid-July and the end of August.

The Bundesbank said it bought dryers to deal with the influx of dirty money, noting that it’s important to process soaked notes quickly before they clump together and becomes as hard as concrete.

More than 180 people died in Germany and hundreds more were injured in the floods, which also claimed lives in neighboring Belgium…READ ON

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