Four deadly floods taking place right this second
A report from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction notes that in 2015, three of the world's top 10 natural disasters by number of fatalities were floods. In first place was heat waves, accounting for four of the top 10.
In the U.S., floods are listed as the number one natural disaster, with total flood insurance claims averaging over $3.5 billion U.S. dollars per year from 2005 to 2014, the U.S. National Flood Insurance Program reports.
When severe weather strikes in countries ill-equipped for preparation and recovery, the disastrous impact is amplified. Here are four deadly floods that are pummeling through different parts of the world, right at this very moment.
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The Nile River has reached its highest levels in more than 100 years, Al Jazeera reports. As a result, 13 of Sudan's 18 provinces have been hit by flash flooding and heavy rains. The floods have caused at least 76 fatalities, destroying over 3,200 homes in the province of Kassala -- an area hit the hardest. The United Nations reports that 80,000 people are impacted by the flooding to date.
Karachi, Pakistan continues to be hit with days of torrential rain, leaving nearly 50 per cent of the city without power. At least 10 people have perished in the floods.
A violent deluge swept through Stajkovci, Macedonia overnight Saturday, killing an estimated 20 people including one child, CNN reports. Winds peaked at 80 kilometres per hour, and landslides prevented about 70 vehicles on a highway from moving.
India's powerful monsoon rains has contributed to a death toll nearing 100, with roughly a million others seeking shelter in government relief camps. Districts in the state of Bihar are among the most seriously impacted. Trees have been uprooted and telephone cables have been destroyed.
At least 17 rare one-horned rhinos have died due to the flooding passing through Assam's Kaziranga National Park, the state's forest and environment minister told CBS News.
Thumbnail image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons - Katrina Flooding in the U.S.