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2016 Was ‘The Year of the Flood’

2016 Was ‘The Year of the Flood’
January 11, 2017

Munich Re reports that 2016 was the year of the flood in the United States, with 19 separate floods last year, which is the most in one single year since records began in 1980. The worst flooding occurred in Louisiana last August, killing 13 people and destroying about 60,000 buildings. Munich Re says the disaster cost $10 billion, making it the worst natural catastrophe since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Overall, there were 91 weather, climate, or geological disasters in the United States in 2016, including severe storms, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, heat waves, and droughts. It was the second-most on record. Across North America, 160 natural disasters were reported, which was the most on record, says Munich Re.

Globally, there were 750 disasters, the highest number in four years, costing $175 billion in 2016, of which only $50 billion was insured. The world's costliest natural disasters in 2016 were a pair of earthquakes in Japan in April ($31 billion), floods in China in June and July ($20 billion), and Hurricane Matthew's hit to the Caribbean and the United States ($10.2 billion).


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