October 2020 Current Events: Disaster News

Updated October 3, 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 October 2020:

  1. California Wildfires Continue to Rage
  2. Storm Alex
  3. Hurricane Delta Makes Landfall
  4. Fire Breaks Out on Kilimanjaro
  5. Tropical Storm Nangka

California Wildfires Continue to Rage

California Wildfires

As of October 3, at least two California wildfires were still not managed: The Glass Fire and Zogg Fire. The Glass Fire is only 10% contained and the Zogg Fire is 57% contained. At least 120,000 acres have been destroyed, and at least 40 people have died due to the blazes. The fires are expected to worsen as high temperatures are predicted for the next few days. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Noah Berger

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Storm Alex

Storm Alex

On October 3, at least 19 people were missing and 1 dead after floods ravaged France and Italy. A storm hit the border of the two countries, causing major flooding. Many homes have also been damaged. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali

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Hurricane Delta Makes Landfall

Hurricane Delta

On October 9, Hurricane Delta hit a still-recovering Louisiana. The Category 2 hurricane had winds of 100 mph. Many people evacuated their homes in an attempt to escape the storm. The governor has announced that about 2,400 National Guard personnel have been released in an effort to help residents. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

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Fire Breaks Out on Kilimanjaro


On October 13, a fire broke out on the slopes of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Firefighters are still attempting to battle the flames, but the altitude, strong winds, and dry heat have hampered the ability to do so. While the cause of the fire is unclear, officials believe it may have come from a site preparing food for tourists. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo

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Tropical Storm Nangka

Tropical Storm Nangka

On October 13, Storm Nangka made landfall in Cambodia and Vietnam, killing at least 40 people. The storm has caused heavy rains, landslides, and flooding. The storm is expected to worsen in the next few days. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Vincent Yu

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