10 things that made 2020, the worst year

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BUSHFIRES

Black Summer, the Australian bushfires were deemed as one of the biggest natural disasters. Over 2.6 Billion animals lost their lives, the extent of damage ranged from an estimated 18 million hectares burned over 9000 buildings and homes destroyed, and 400 deaths

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FLASH FLOODS

In the early hours of 1st January, overnight there was a heavy downpour which caused the rivers to overflow adding to the devastating flash floods that covered Jakarta and its neighboring areas entirely.

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CORONA VIRUS

China recorded the first death on 11th January 2020 and subsequently two months later, WHO declared the virus to be a world-wide pandemic on 11th March. As 2nd April came around, the world number of cases surpassed a million.

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VOLCANO

On 12th January, the volcano started rumbling, sending tremors out and further resulting in an eruption. As a result, a large amount of ash dust was emitted and forced authorities to evacuate over 8,000 people close by and 3,00,000 people overall.

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EARTHQUAKES

45 major earthquakes have been categorized over 6 degrees on the Richter scale. Jamaica and Russia faced earthquakes with a reading of over 7 magnitudes and were symbolically the worst-hit countries.

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Swarms of Locusts

Desert Locusts are migratory pests that can eat as much food is around the amount 35,000 people can eat. They feed on crops and have the power to destroy crops within seconds.

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CYCLONE

Cyclone Amphan is classified as one of the most powerful, deadly tropical cyclones to ever impact Bangladesh and India. It was categorized as a category 5 hurricane and the havoc it wreaked was devastating.

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FOREST FIRE

In May, a forest fire that lasted for days caused Uttarakhand to burn. What may have started as a small fire has managed to engulf 51 hectares of forest land, further resulting in a loss of more than 1 lakh for the forest department. 2 deaths and several others have been injured.

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FLOODS

Many parts of Assam have also experienced these heavy rains and as a result, have been negatively affected in the form of floods. 128 villages, 5 districts and so many more have been caused harm.

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GREEN SNOW

Snow algae tend to thrive on temperatures that are above the freezing temperature and as the climate is causing the snow to melt, it has accelerated the speed at which the snow algae grows.

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