Notable natural disasters of 2014
MANILA, Philippines – The year 2014 has been yet another busy year for Mother Nature in terms of destructive natural occurrences.
As in the previous year, a tropical storm affected thousands of people in the Philippines days before the end of the year. Typhoon Glenda (international name: Rammasun) battered Luzon in July and displaced thousands of people, while Typhoon Ruby (international name: Hagupit) took the path of Haiyan earlier in December, affecting 4 million people.
Elsewhere, some historic, record-breaking disaster took place. In November, a historic snowstorm dumped more than 5 feet of snow in New York, paralyzing motorists, cancelling flights, and causing casualties. In January, the sudden eruption of Mount Ontake in Japan buried hikers alive. Likewise, heavy rains in December caused the worst flooding in Malaysia in 30 years.
Explore the map below and click on the icons to know more about some of the highly-reported natural disasters in 2014.
*$1 = P44.75
Sources: Agence France-Presse, National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, ReliefWeb