Papua New Guinea Earthquake
A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Southern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea in February. The natural disaster also triggered a major aftershock and led to several landslides. Close to half a million people were affected by the disaster which left 145 persons dead.
The state which received a cumulative rainfall of 771 mm over a period of 20 days plunged into a state of despair as it picked up the pieces, with the estimated losses running into crores.
One month later, the state was left in utter distress with state government left to pick pieces after the floods triggered by continuous rains. Needless to say, every sector was left to fight its own battles. From tourism to handloom, almost every sector has a long route to recovery.
Guatemala Volcano Eruption
One of Central America's most active volcanos erupted in fiery explosions of ash and molten rocks in June this year. Volcan de Fuego, Spanish for "volcano of fire," left hundreds dead and several missing.
- The electricity department has suffered a loss of Rs 1.30 crore in East Godavari alone due to cyclone Phethai.
- The fisheries department has lost Rs 33.90 lakh due to cyclone Phethai
- The value of the green chilly has increased so much that vendors sold only 250 gm to every customer.
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