Natural disasters have caused more than USD 7 trillion (6.2 trillion euros) in economic damage worldwide since 1900, with floods and storms accounting for nearly 60 per cent of the total, researchers said today.
Swollen rivers in the US Midwest and other regions brought flood warnings for over 12 million Americans on Wednesday as scores of buildings were submerged after days of intense rain in which 24 people have died.
The three superpowers of the world, U.S.A, Britain and Russia are undergoing the waves of natural disasters. Britain is facing the heavy gushes of flood and Russia is wrapped in a white sheet of heavy snowfall.
Life in flood-hit Chennai is slowly limping back to normalcy, with sun shining on Tuesday, but there were still areas, especially suburban, where the situation is still very grim and relief yet to reach the despondent residents.
The Madras High Court on Tuesday ordered issue of notice to Revenue Secretary, Commissioner Chennai Corporation, Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Metropolitan Water Supply, CMD of Avin Milk Producers Society on a petition seeking protection for the organisations and workers carrying flood relief materials.