Roundup of November’s major environmental disasters

Published: Wednesday, 12 December 2018 08:44

Aon's Impact Forecasting team has published the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during November 2018.

The report highlights the series of major wildfires which burned across Northern and Southern California throughout the month; the most catastrophic, the Camp Fire in Butte County, largely destroyed the town of Paradise, killing 88 people with dozens of others unaccounted for.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, CalFire, cited that 19,357 homes and other structures were damaged or destroyed, making the Camp Fire the deadliest and most destructive on record in California. Additionally, three people were killed in the Woolsey Fire as the fire damaged or destroyed nearly 2,000 structures in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Total aggregated economic losses for the fires were expected to minimally exceed USD10 billion, while insurance claims payouts for wildfires are set to exceed USD10 billion in the United States for the second year running.

Meanwhile, Cyclone Gaja made landfall in southern India, causing widespread impacts across the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The cyclone killed 46 people as damage was incurred to more than 117,500 homes. The overall economic impact was listed in excess of INR54 billion (USD775 million).

Two other notable tropical cyclones made landfalls in November, both in Vietnam. Tropical Depression Toraji killed 19 people as damage reached at least VND396 billion (USD17.2 million). A weakened Typhoon Usagi brought record rainfall to the greater Ho Chi Minh metro area. Minimum economic damage was listed at VND347 billion (USD15 million).

Further natural hazard events to have occurred worldwide during November include:

Read the full Impact Forecasting November 2018 Global Catastrophe Recap report.