The 10 most expensive natural disasters of 2018
The economic consequences of the ten most extreme weather phenomena worldwide exceeded 100 billion dollars.
Hurricanes Florence and Michael, category four on a scale of five, which affected this year especially the United States, caused damage estimated at 17,000 million dollars (14,899 million euros) and 15,000 million dollars (13,146 million euros), respectively, according to a study by the Christian Aid organization published on Thursday.
The report “Counting the Cost: a year of climate breakdown”, from the Christian Aid organization, analyses the ten most destructive droughts, floods, fires, heat waves, typhoons and hurricanes the last 12 months.
Drought in Argentina
Drought in Cabo, South Africa
Drought in Australia
Summer in the northern hemisphere: heat, drought and fire
Floods in India
Extreme summer in Japan
Fire in California
Floods in China
Hurricanes Florence and Michael
The report points out that all these disasters are related to climate change. Kat Kramer, Christian Aid’s global director of climate change, said that “climate change is often considered a problem of the future” because its consequences are “so devastating” that we do not want to face “what is already happening”.