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Hurricane Harvey: Where does it rank versus other natural disasters in the United States?

Hurricane Harvey has been a disaster for Texas. The final tally of what the actual costs from damages, economic impact, deaths and citizen displacements cannot be calculated yet, but it has so far, cost 30 lives and an estimated costs reaching tens of billions of dollars.

It’s no surprise, but in a land that is very large, there have been many natural disasters within the United States’ long history. There have been powerful storms, droughts, earthquakes and each and every one amounted to an economic cost and death tolls.

Below are two lists highlighting past natural disasters in the United States.

TOP5 BY HIGHEST COST

(1) Hurricane Katrina in 2005 South-East United States @ $160 Billion Cost with 1,833 dead

(2) Hurricane Sandy in 2012 North-East United States @$70 Billion Cost with 159 dead

(3) Hurricane Andrew in 1992 South-East United States @$47.8 Billion Cost with 61 dead

(4) US Drought / Heatwave in 1988 Big Portion of United States @42.4 Billion Cost with 454 dead

(5) Mid-West Flooding in 1993 @$36.1 Billion Cost with 48 dead

TOP5 BY DEATH TOLLS

(1) Hurricane Katrina with 1,833 dead

(2) Central/ Eastern Drought/ Heatwave with 1,263 dead

(3) Eastern Drought/ Heatwave with 502 dead

(4) Southeast/ Ohio Valley/ Midwest Tornadoes with 312 dead

(5) East Coast Blizzard and Severe Weather with 270 dead

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