July 12, 2013. This year, the floods in the lead among all natural disasters on the severity of the damage, the size of which reached several billion dollars. Especially heavy losses suffered in Central Europe after the June floods. All kinds of natural disasters, including earthquakes, tornadoes and heat waves that occurred in the first half of 2013, cost the world $ 45 billion.
Material damage caused by the floods in continental Europe, Asia, Canada and Australia amounted to about 47% of global losses. The most devastating floods recognized episodes in northern India and Nepal due to the early arrival of the heavy monsoon rains. In these countries, killing more than a thousand people in Nepal, people continue to be killed so far.
The most expensive flood was May and June flooding in southern and eastern Germany and neighboring countries, triggered by the spill rivers Elbe and Danube. At some points in two or three days dropped out up to 400 l / m? Rain. Loss of European countries, mainly Germany, exceeded $ 16 billion. Second at a cost of natural disaster is called a series of tornadoes in Oklahoma, USA in May 2013.
Many countries have lost hundreds of its citizens, but as it turned out, the average of the past 10 years, much higher than obtained in 2013. With regard to statistics on tornadoes in the United States, it is also below the usual 625 instead of 1075 to the end of June. But, unfortunately, no one can promise that the second half will remain the same statistics.