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Environmental disasters across globe in January 2021

Environmental disasters across globe in January 2021
At least 21 people killed, 63,608 are displaced due to floods that inundated 11 regencies, cities in Indonesia

By Burak Bir

ANKARA (AA) - 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.

Jan. 2:

- Massive forest fire engulfs the picturesque Dzuko Valley located in northeastern India.

Jan. 3:

- 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.

Jan. 5:

- At least five people are killed in floods that deluges south of Luzon island sitting at the northern end of the Philippines.

Jan. 6:

- Two people die in the Indian-administered Kashmir after they came under heavy snow, according to officials.

Jan. 7:

- 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.

Jan. 9:

- 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.

Jan. 11:

- At least three people are killed, while more than 62,000 others evacuated due to heavy rains in southern Thailand.

Jan. 14:

- Thirteen people die and 20 others injured in heavy rains that ravaged different parts of Rwanda since the beginning of the year.

Jan. 17:

- 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.

Jan. 20:

- 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.

Jan. 25:

- 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.

Jan. 29:

- At least five family members die and three more are missing after a landslide in Papua New Guinea.

Jan. 31:

- A refugee camp in Syria's northwestern Afrin district is left inundated due to heavy rains, according to reports.

source: News Feed
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