Learning from past disasters

Learning from past disasters

These collections explore the lessons learned from past disasters, what were the risk drivers, impacts and efforts towards building back better.

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Cyclone Idai made landfall in March 2019 and is remembered as one of the worst tropical cyclones to impact the Southern Hemisphere and Africa. A humanitarian crisis occurred in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi after Idai caused enormous damage.

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The 2015–16 El Niño was one of the strongest El Niño events since 1950, with wide-ranging effects felt around the world.

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The Japan earthquake and tsunami prompted extensive damage, including the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

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In January 2010, a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti, impacting millions of people and generating multiple aftershocks.

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In July 2011, widespread drought in the Horn of Africa instigated a severe food crisis, affecting millions of people.

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Hurricane Florence triggered intense destruction in the American states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, with losses of several billion dollars.

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Hurricane Harvey yielded extensive damage across the Southern United States, especially Texas.

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Hurricane Irma ravaged the Caribbean and the Atlantic United States, resulting in over U.S. $50 billion worth of losses and dozens of deaths.