The United Nations estimates Nearly 1 million people were left homeless after Cyclone Nargis struck the Southeast Asia nation on May 3. Up to 100,000 people may have died, and tens of thousands are missing.
Arkansas has had 49 tornadoes this year, already above its annual average of 48, according to Greg Forbes, severe weather expert at The Weather Channel.
The USA has been ravaged through mid-May by a near-record number of tornadoes that has pushed the death toll – including 47 killer twisters over the weekend – to a 10-year high.
The deaths of 98 people attributed to tornadoes this year has made 2008 the deadliest year thus far for tornadoes since 1998 and the seventh deadliest since modern recordkeeping began in 1950, The Weather Channel said.
Violent storms over the weekend that spawned tornadoes left at least 22 people dead from the southern Plains states eastward to Georgia, including seven deaths in the tiny town of Picher, Okla., and 10 deaths in Seneca, Mo.
BEIJING – China‘s worst earthquake in nearly three decades killed nearly 9,000 people Monday.