The first month of 2021 saw a host of environmental disasters, including floods in Malaysia and the Philippines, a volcanic eruption in Indonesia, a massive forest fire in India, landslides in Papua New Guinea and an avalanche in Russia.
Here is a timeline compiled by Anadolu Agency.
– Massive forest fire engulfs the picturesque Dzuko Valley located in northeastern India.
– The death toll from the landslide in the village of Ask, Norway, on Dec. 30, rises to six.
– Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra, Indonesia, erupts, spewing ash columns up to 1,000 meters high.
– At least five people are killed in floods that deluges south of Luzon island sitting at the northern end of the Philippines.
– Two people die in the Indian-administered Kashmir after they came under heavy snow, according to officials.
– At least three people are killed, over 36,000 are evacuated in Malaysia due to floods caused by monsoon rains that hit the country since the beginning of the year.
– Much of Spain comes to a halt amid historic snow levels that continue to blanket vast swaths of the country.
– Three people are killed after an avalanche hit a ski resort in Russia’s Arctic city of Norilsk.
– At least three people are killed, while more than 62,000 others evacuated due to heavy rains in southern Thailand.
– Thirteen people die and 20 others injured in heavy rains that ravaged different parts of Rwanda since the beginning of the year.
– The Merapi volcano on Indonesia’s Java island begins to spew lava as smoke and ash bellowed 50 meters (164 feet) above its crater following the eruptions.
– At least 21 people are killed and 63,608 are displaced due to floods that inundated 11 regencies and cities in Indonesia’s South Kalimantan province in Indonesia.
– After hitting Mozambique’s Sofala province, Tropical Cyclone Eloise left at least one person dead, thousands of houses destroyed, and tens of thousands of people directly affected.
– At least five family members die and three more are missing after a landslide in Papua New Guinea.
– A refugee camp in Syria’s northwestern Afrin district is left inundated due to heavy rains, according to reports.