The U.S. government has announced that, as of August, the number of major natural disasters in 2011, has reached a record high. It is reported by MSNBC.
The report, compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA), are only those disasters, the damage from each of which exceeded one billion dollars. By mid-August, the country recorded nine natural disasters of this magnitude. It is a flood, tornado, blizzard, and abnormally high heat.
According to preliminary calculations, the material damage caused by major natural disasters in 2011 exceeded $ 35 billion. Meanwhile, smaller storm storms recorded in the first half, the total damage caused U.S. $ 20 billion, adds MSNBC. It is about two times more than the average amount of damage from such events in the previous three years.
Given that the end of the year there are still four months, which is usually the peak of the hurricane season and winter snow storms, U.S. officials believe that 2011 will go down in history as one of the most unfortunate for the U.S. in terms of natural disasters. At the same time, experts say, the record for the number of major natural disasters, set in 2008 is expected to be broken. Then the U.S. was also recorded nine major natural disasters, the total amount of damage from which was about $ 60 billion.
Meanwhile, in a statement authorities emphasized that the total amounts of losses from natural disasters in the "record" 2008 and 2011 were significantly lower than damage caused by single giant disasters. One of them was the hurricane "Katrina", which in 2005 cost the U.S. more than $ 100 billion.
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