A World in Turmoil
The world has seen an abundance of natural disasters just in the budding fall season. From hurricanes, to earthquakes, to severe flooding and volcanic eruptions, the world has seen it all.
First came Harvey, a category four hurricane. Harvey dumped 27 trillion gallons of water over Texas and reached a death toll of 53. The storm racked up $160 billi4on in damage, making it the most costly natural disaster in America. Luckily, President Trump aided Harvey victims with $15 million. Celebrities like Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Leonardo Dicaprio and Kevin Hart donated money to help Houston. People from all around helped shelter, feed and even rescue the people of Houston who were affected by this storm. But efforts have died down, and the people of Houston still need help. Thirty thousand people are still in need of shelter that are still not allowed to come home.
“We lost everything that was done,” South Texas resident, Juan Tobar said. “We have got to start all over again.”
On the other side of the world, South Asia is dealing with severe flooding. The floods have been named the worst in the century, affecting 41 million people. Northern of India, districts have been submerged for weeks. In Maubai, buildings have completely collapsed. A hundred and sixty deaths have been reported in Southern Nepal alone. In Bangladesh, 145 deaths have been reported and 100,000 houses are in ruins and 8 million people’s lives have been changed drastically because of the floods. Towards the Indian border flooding is so horrendous that Dinajpur district is completely submerged in water. South Asia is suffering with little to no signs of getting better.
“The situation is going from bad to worse,” Red Cross Secretary-General Jagan Chapagain said.
At the same time Mexico suffered a 8.1 earthquake which caused the country to stop providing financial aid to help the devastation of Harvey. Aftershocks hit all around Mexico the following week. The states of Oaxaca and Chiapas have suffered a whopping 800 aftershocks in less than a week. Mexican citizens have been sleeping outside in fear of buildings collapsing. Ninety deaths have been reported, 71 of them in Oaxaca where it hit the worst.
“It’s a truly critical situation,” Municipal Secretary, Óscar Cruz López said. “The city, it’s as if it had been bombed.”
Next came Hurricane Irma, which just hit recently. Irma hit Florida as another category four hurricane in the US; ripping off roofs, causing strong power outages, harsh winds, the threat of tornadoes and blowing dangerous debris on roads. Although it calmed down after a mere 24 hours, the storm still brought flooding in Jacksonville. As of recent, the storm has moved through Georgia and is expected to move all the way up to North Carolina.
“It’s been an extremely stressful day between all of the wind, tornado warnings, power outages and flooding downtown,” South Carolina resident, Melissa Stehr said. “We watched in horror as the water quickly rose around our house topping off at about two feet during high tide today.”
And now, as if the two hurricanes were not enough, another one appears to be on the way named Jose. Reports show that in the next three to four days, the hurricane will reach the Bahamas and the US. The storm has passed Antigua and Barbuda as a category four, only a mere 85 miles away from the island. Experts are not 100 percent sure about the path and the possible increase of intensity as the storm continues to move.
“There is a lot of uncertainty in the intensity forecast,” the National Hurricane Center said during a Wednesday morning forecast.
Overall the world has seen its fair share of natural disasters.