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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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Castaic earthquake today measures 3.5 in magnitude

February 21, 2020: Magnitude 3.5 light earthquake has been recorded in Castaic today, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported.
According to the USGS, the quake's epicenter was located 2 km NNW of Castaic, California. The earthquake occurred at 17 km depth.
Weak intensity of MMI III have been felt by the people of Castaic, Valencia, Santa Clarita, Stevenson Ranch, Newhall and Chatsworth, CA.
No preliminary damage or injuries have been reported.

21 died in avalanches in Afghanistan's Daykundi province

February 14, 2020: At least 21 people have died in avalanches in the Daykundi province in Afghanistan, the Afghanistan's disaster management authority confirmed.
Other 10 people have been injured. About 50 houses have been destroyed by the avalanches.
The Afghanistan Meteorological Department  had predicted of severe weather with rainfall, heavy snow and flash flooding for several provinces, including Daykundi.

Muswellbrook earthquake today measures 2.8 in magnitude

February 12, 2020: Magnitude 2.8 earthquake has been recorded in  Muswellbrook todat at around 5.26 am.
According to the Geoscience Australia, the quake's epicenter was located near a mine west of Lake Liddell. It occurred at 10 km depth.
Geoscience Australia received earthquake felt reports from Port Stephens, Newcastle, North Western Sydney and Blue Mountains.

Storm Ciara kills 2 in the United Kingdom

February 11, 2020: Two people died due to the severe storm Ciara in the United Kingdom. 
Fatalities have been reported from Clydebank, West Dumbartonshitre and at the A33 near Winchester.
Storm Ciara (Storm Sabine in the German-speaking countries) brought heavy rain and severe winds across much of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden and other northern regions in Europe.
Last week, the Met Office had issued a yellow warning for a potential storm, covering all of the United Kingdom. The Environment Agency had issued 186 flood alerts, 251 flood warnings and 1 severe flood warning in England.
The storm was named Ciara by the Met Office in the United Kingdom, and Sabine by the Deutscher Wetterdienst in Germany.

Turkey: Avalanche disaster in Van kills 41

February 6, 2020: At least 41 people have been killed and 84 others have been injured after two avalanches hit Turkey's eastern border with Iran, the Turkish Natural Disaster and Crisis Directorate (AFAD) said.
Two avalanches occurred near Bahçesaray in Turkey's eastern Van Province. On 4 February 2020, an avalanche took place in a mountain pass in the Bahçesaray district. 
Fatalities included eight military police officers, three government-paid village guards, three firefighters and nine volunteers.

Storm Ciara to bring damaging winds across Ireland

February 5, 2020: Storm Ciara is forecast to bring damaging winds across Ireland this weekend.
On 4 February 2020, the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for wind covering the entirety of the United Kingdom.
Storm Ciara has been named by the Met Office as the third storm of the 2019-2020 storm season.
*Ciara is pronounced Kee-ra according to official Met Éireann