November 2020 Current Events: Disaster News

Updated November 30, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for November 2020:

  1. Tropical Storm Eta Hits
  2. Wetlands on Fire
  3. Typhoon Vamco Makes Landfall
  4. Deadly Floods Impact Sardinia
  5. Australia Bushfire Spreads

Tropical Storm Eta Hits

Storm Eta

On November 4, Tropical Storm Eta hit Nicaragua and other areas of Central America with strong winds and heavy rain. At least two people have died due to a landslide and one more due to a collapsed home. The tropical storm began as a category 4 hurricane. On November 5, Tropical Depression Eta moved towards Cuba after leaving at least 100 people dead in Central America. Thousands of people have been evacuated due to the storm. The storm has caused mudslides and left thousands of homes flooded. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Carlos Herrera

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Wetlands on Fire

Wetlands Fire

On November 13, CNN reported on the months-long wildfires occurring in South America’s Pantanal region. These fires have burned 28% of of the floodplain that stretches across Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia. Many homes and habitats have been destroyed by these fires; however, the most damaging effect is on the carbon sinks that exist in the area. These are essential to the ecosystem. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Andre Penner

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Typhoon Vamco Makes Landfall

Typhoon Vamco

On November 15, after leaving 67 dead in the Philippines, Typhoon Vamco made landfall in Vietnam. The storm contains high winds and heavy rainfall, which carries the threat of flooding and landslides. At least 468,000 people will be evacuated by the end of the week. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Aaron Favila

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Deadly Floods Impact Sardinia

Sardinia Flood

On November 28, after days of heavy rain, at least three people died in floods on the Italian island of Sardinia. Social media footage shows rivers of mud flowing through the towns. Strong winds have accompanied the rain, cutting off power to many on the island. (BBC)

Photo Source: Alessandro Tocco/LaPresse via AP

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Australia Bushfire Spreads

Australia Bushfire

On November 30, Australian firefighters continued to fight a major bushfire that has now spread to Fraser Island, a popular tourist destination. The fire has now raged for six weeks straight and has destroyed the Unesco World Heritage Site. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Noah Berger

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