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April Thunderstorms and Flooding Created Billions in Damages

May 18, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

All around the world, severe storms caused devastation in April, according to the most recent Global Catastrophe Recap.

At least five separate storm systems created severe thunderstorm conditions in the U.S., causing massive damage in the central and eastern regions. During the second week of April, nearly 70 tornadoes touched down, while baseball-sized hail rained down. The overall cost: an estimated $2.3 billion USD.

Meanwhile, unusually low temperatures and snowfall affected 1.5 million acres of cropland in China, an estimated loss of $1.5 billion USD. Canada also dealt with multiple bouts of cold weather, where heavy snow, freezing rains and high winds caused power outages and damage from downed trees.

Rainfall impacted multiple African countries. Among those receiving the worst damage was Kenya, where heavy rains caused rivers to overflow and pour into many communities, killing at least 78. Additional flooding and casualties were seen in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Somalia, and Tanzania, damaging more than 10,000 homes.

Click here to read the complete report.