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Disaster epidemic in 2020

Jul 17, 2020



The year 2020 has only just begun, and the world has already suffered many natural disasters, tragedies,

deaths, regional conflicts and a new virus outbreak. With 11 months to go, what the year 2020 may bring

seems daunting to predict in the face of the tsunami of bad news and conflicts.

2020 hasn&'t started off too well. Australia was engulfed in flames and a novel form

of coronavirus is currently rampaging around the planet.

But there are some other potential disasters in waiting that could shake human civilization to the


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Only the worst disasters completely upend normal patterns of death, overshadowing, if only briefly, everyday causes like cancer, heart disease and car accidents. Here’s how the devastation brought by the pandemic in 25 cities and regions compares with historical events.