2020 has been quite a year. The year has certainly experienced its fair share of world-shifting events. A stretch of bad events kicked off the year. The first disaster of 2020 takes place in Australia. Australia was engulfed in unprecedented bushfire from 2019-20. Fires rapidly spread across all the over. The state to become some of the most devastating on record. However, the fire caused significant property damage and loss of both human and animals life.
At least 33 people have been killed including 4 fighters and more than 11 million hectares (110,000sq km or 27.2 million acres) of bush has burned. On early hours of 1st January, the devastating flood and landslide in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta due to the overnight rain swept away homes and killed 66 people. On January 12th, red hot lava gushed out of a Taal volcano in the Philippines.
It spews ash and smoke during a hazardous explosive eruption in Tagaytay. On January 26th, NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter died in a helicopter crash in California. On January 28th, the earthquake of 6.7 magnitudes hit Caribbean caused buildings to collapse, 41 people were killed and 1600 were injured. There was serious damage within 40 km of the epicentre.
According to the US geological survey, it was the biggest earthquake in history. The COVID-19 pandemic that first broke out in Wuhan, China has taken lives of more than 1.5 million people worldwide. The most unlikely disaster of 2020 however, has brought socializing, work, economy, tourism and travel to stay still. Rampant fear of a new pandemic swept the world. The coronavirus pandemic triggered a global recession as numerous countries went into lockdown.
On May 22nd, flight PK 8303, a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger aircraft crashed in a residential area in killing 97 people on board only 2 survived. On June, Locust swarms appeared in South America, Locust threatened the food supply across the regions of East Africa. According to FAO locust swarms destroyed 25 million people food. On 4th August, Beirut in Lebanon was rocked by a massive explosion by the accidental detonation of 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate killed at least 190 people and injured thousands of others.
Damage estimated $10-15 billion and at least 300,000 people are left homeless. The explosion comes amid a severe financial crisis. Expert says that it was one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in history. Destructions of 2020 didn’t last here there are many more lists goes on. 2020 was so far a year of challenges that showed us that we humans have nothing against nature.
Submitted by Saweera Sabir, Date 31 January 2021.