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Global disasters caused $140bn economic losses in 2019

January 1, 2020: Total economic losses from natural and man-made catastrophes fell to around USD 140 billion in 2019 from USD 176 billion last year, Swiss Reinsurance Institute said.
Global insured losses are estimated to be around USD 56 billion, down from USD 93 billion in 2018 and below the annual average (USD 75 billion) of the previous 10 years. 
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Globally, more than 11 000 people have died or gone missing in disaster events in 2019.
Climate change is leading to more frequent and more severe secondary peril events, which manifest in different ways: more local flooding, torrential rains, prolonged drought, severe wildfires and other extreme weather events. 
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Severe weather in Afghanistan kills 13, injures 40

January 20, 2020: Severe weather in Afghanistan has claimed lives of 13 people and injured forty others.
According to the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS), around 655 houses have been partially damaged, 30 houses are completely destroyed and 322 families have been displaced to the safe places.
Heavy snowfall, flooding and a large number of avalanches were reported in different parts of Afghanistan between 12 -15 January 2020.

Helmand, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Laghman, Herat, Badghis, Ghor, Daykundi, Bamyan and Baghlan provinces in Afghanistan are badly affected by the recent weather related disasters in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authorities (ANDMA) and Provincial Disaster Management Committees (PDMCs) are working for disaster response in the affected areas.

Mabini, Batangas earthquake measures 4.2 in magnitude: Phivolcs

January 19, 2020: An earthquake of magnitude 4.2 has been recorded in Mabini, Batangas on Sunday night, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.
According to the Phivolcs, the earthquake's epicenter was located 5 kilometers south of Mabini.The earthquake was tectonic in origin.
The earthquake intensity I was felt in Tagaytay City.
We also don't expect any damage from this earthquake. Apart from this, no severe earthquake is possible in this area. The fault line in Mabini lies underneath a volcano and is only capable of generating moderate-sized earthquakes.

January 17, 2020: Puerto Rico Meteor streaks over the Island

January 17, 2020: A meteor streaked low across the sky in Puerto Rico on Friday.
The National Weather Service satellite captured the meteor image at around 4:30 p.m. EST time Friday. The event was unusual as meteors are typically not visible during the day because the sky is too bright with sunlight.
Many of the meteor images were posted from the San Juan and Carolina area. But the meteor was seen from almost the entire island. — Francisco J Torres (@fjtwr) January 17, 2020

The event scared many in Puerto Rico as it is experiencing frequent daily aftershocks following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake.

Flooding in Cabo Delgado Province of Mozambique kills six

January 16, 2020: Recent floodings in Cabo Delgado Province of Mozambique have claimed lives of at least six people and left three others missing.
Floodwater has affected Muidumbe, Nangade, Mueda and Palma e MocĂ­mboa da Praia districts of northern Mozambique.
In December 2019, heavy downpour washed away a bridge on Montepuez river (Cabo Delgato). Also in 2019, tropical cyclones Idai and Kenneth caused damage in Mozambique.

Flooding in Samarinda, Indonesia prompts evacuation

January 16, 2020: Recent flooding in Samarinda area of Indonesia has caused evacuation of people to nearby shelter set up by the BPBD and some to the mosque. 
Floods triggered by heavy rainfall have submerged Samarinda City affecting at least 7,213 residents.
Samarinda Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) reported no casualties.

77 killed and 94 injured in avalanches in Neelum Valley, Pakistan

January 16, 2020: At least 77 people have been killed and 94 others have been injured due to recent avalanches in northeast Pakistan.
The avalanches were triggered by heavy snowfall in the Neelum Valley, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan also tweeted, “The severe snowfalls and landslides in AJK have caused misery & deaths."
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