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July Weather: Asia Flooding While North America and Europe Catch Fire

August 24, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

A high res photo of a forest fire in progress

Seasonal flooding that started in June caused more havoc throughout Asia, while extreme heat and drought conditions created wildfires throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, according to the most recent Global Catastrophe Recap.

Rainfall in China prolonged flooding, causing damage to hundreds of thousands of homes and leading to 200 people missing or dead. In Japan, Tropical Storm Nanmadol led to heavy flooding and landslides. And monsoon rains left death and damage in parts of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Lack of rain was a severe problem for North America and Europe, as excessive heat prompted hundreds of wildfires throughout the month. This particularly affected California, where dozens of homes and buildings were destroyed across the northern, central, and southern sections of the state, resulting in an evacuation order for 8,000 residents and declaration of a state of emergency.

It was even worse in Canada’s British Columbia, where a state of emergency was also declared. 240 wildfires were active at one point during the month, prompting the evacuation of more than 14,000 residents.

Dry, hot weather sparked wildfires throughout southern Europe as well – areas in Croatia, France, Italy, Montenegro, and France all saw injuries, damage, and destruction of multiple buildings.

To read the complete report, click here.