Annual losses from such disasters average $250 billion to $300 billion: UNISDR report
String of disasters causes severe damage to economy, lives in Asia; Indonesia earthquake to affect 1.6 million people
A recent string of natural disasters, the latest a deadly earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, have exacted a severe toll both in economic damage and human lives throughout Asia. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, or UNISDR, says up to 1.6 million people could be affected by the magnitude 7.5 earthquake and the tsunami it created Friday in a central region of Sulawesi island.
Landslide kills 18 in Phillipines' Naga in Cebu province; mayor says at least 64 people still missing
Phillipines' Cebu province was not directly hit by Mangkhut but the massive typhoon intensified monsoon rains across a large part of the archipelago, including the central region where Naga city lies about 570 kilometres southeast of Manila
Philippines typhoon toll rises to 81; 59 people still missing as rescue teams dig through landslide in Itogon
Mangkhut swamped farm fields in the nation's agricultural north and smashed houses when it tore through at the weekend with violent winds and heavy rains. Since then the toll has climbed mostly due to the corpses recovered from the massive landslide in the mining town of Itogon where dozens are still believed buried under the mud.
Typhoon Mangkhut weakens to tropical storm: Toll in Philippines rises to 65; Hong Kong begins massive clean-up
Mangkhut weakened from a typhoon to a tropical storm on Monday as it moved deeper into southern China.
Clean-up begins in Hong Kong after Typhoon Mangkhut wreaks destruction; govt says damage is 'severe and extensive'
Hong Kong began a massive clean-up Monday after Typhoon Mangkhut raked the city, shredding trees and bringing damaging floods.
Typhoon Mangkhut weakens to tropical storm after plowing into China; 2.4 million evacuated from Guangdong province
Hong Kong residents were told to stay away from the coastline and be on alert for occasional gales. Bus, ferry and rail services were suspended and almost 900 flights were canceled at the city's airport, one of the world's busiest. The South China Morning Post said Hong Kong's hospitals had to use backup power due to outages caused by the storm.
Typhoon Mangkhut pounds south China after toll rises to 64 in Philippines; 2.4 million evacuated from Guangdong province
The gambling enclave of Macau closed casinos for the first time and the Hong Kong Observatory warned people to stay away from the Victoria Harbour landmark, where storm surges battered the sandbag-reinforced waterfront.
Typhoon Mangkhut: Toll in Philippines climbs to 49; storm rips through Hong Kong before hitting mainland China
Hong Kong weather authorities issued their maximum alert for Typhoon Mangkhut, which hit the city with gusts of more than 230 kmph and left over 100 injured.
Typhoon Mangkhut wreaks havoc in Philippines as toll rises to 28; Hong Kong raises high alert as storm hurtles towards south China
Typhoon Mangkhut roared towards densely populated Hong Kong and southern China on Sunday after ravaging across the northern Philippines.
Typhoon Mangkhut: Two dead as storm batters Philippines; residents take refuge in emergency shelters
Super Typhoon Mangkhut – the biggest storm of the year – smashed through the Philippines on Saturday, and claimed its first death as a woman was swept out to sea off Taiwan.
Philippines braces for Typhoon Mangkhut: Over 9,000 people moved to temporary shelters, emergency response teams on standby
Typhoon Mangkhut is expected to barrel through the northernmost tip of the Philippines early on Saturday.
Medical and emergency response teams were on standby, heavy equipment mobilized and more than $31.45 million of relief goods prepared as Mangkhut, known locally as Ompong, edged toward the storm-prone nation on its way toward southern China and northern Vietnam.