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Tornadoes, flood, drought cost US billions in 2013

Published on Jan 16, 2014 6:33 AM
 
Lightning strikes during a thunder storm as tornado survivors search for salvagable stuffs at their devastated home on May 23, 2013, in Moore, Oklahoma. Seven weather disasters, including tornadoes, droughts and a flood, cost the United States (US) at least a billion dollars each last year and killed more than 100 people, US authorities said on  Wednesday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Seven weather disasters, including tornadoes, droughts and a flood, cost the United States (US) at least a billion dollars each last year and killed more than 100 people, US authorities said on Wednesday.

While the total cost will not be added up until later this year, experts said 2013 was rather quiet compared to the previous two years in terms of the number of big disasters.

"We saw a relatively benign year, especially when compared to the really increased extremes that we saw in 2011 and 2012," said Mr Deke Arndt, chief of the climate monitoring branch at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center.

There were US$14 billion (S$17.7 billion) weather disasters in 2011, and 11 in 2012, NOAA said.

 
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