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Worldwide Disasters Report - March 2021

The following disasters were recorded (by area) impacting thousands throughout the globe during March 2021:


  • Coronavirus (COVID-19 reported 135,646,617 confirmed cases and 2,930,732 deaths since the onset of the virus. Vaccine doses have been administered to thousands according to the World Health Organization. The Americas lead in cases, followed by Europe, South-East Asia, Eastern Mediterranean, Africa, and the Western Pacific.


  • Flash floods leave 7 dead and 3 missing in Chlef

  • Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes off Algeria


  • Wildfires ravage Patagonia leaving 250 homes destroyed and 15 people missing


  • Tropical cyclone developed near the coast of Queensland, Australia

  • Flood evacuations issued in NSW those in Sydney warned to stay indoors

  • Worst floods since 1971 in New South Wales


  • Massive fire leaves 45,000 refugees without shelter


  • Yellow fever kills monkeys in Sana Catarina with two human cases.


  • Persistent heavy rain leaves 7 people dead in Colombia.

  • Severe weather leaves 45 people dead with more than 2,000 homes damaged in Colombia

Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Deadly floods swept through Kinshasa and Brazzaville in Congo

East Asia

  • Mongolia and Northern China hit by worst sandstorm in a decade with six dead

  • Sandstorm from Mongolia affects many parts of Japan


  • Explosive eruption at Sangay volcano with ash up to 12.5 km


  • Equine herpes outbreak


  • Strong explosions at Pacaya volcano


  • Ebola outbreak grows to 17 cases


  • Sudden increase in seismic tremor southwest of Keilir at Reykjanes Peninsula

  • Magma chamber continues to expand with more than 35,000 earthquakes on Reykjanes Peninsula

  • Eruption near Fagradalsfjall on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula

  • High level of volcano gases close to the eruption sit at Fagradalsfjall


  • Mysterious dolphin and whale strandings reaching record highs


  • Major eruption at Sinaburg volcano produced large pyroclastic flows with ash up to 12.2 km


  • Etna Volcano strong activity observed


  • Powerful M 7.2 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan with tsunami warnings issued

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi Arabia health officials report two additional MERS cases in Riyadh


  • Severe floods hit Malacca

  • Two human rabies fatalities in Sarawak


  • Massive sandstorm forms over Mongolia, hits Beijing and is the worst in a decade

New Caledonia

  • Severe Tropical Cyclone “Niran” headed toward New Caledonia

New Zealand

  • Very strong earthquake M7.2 hits off the east coast of the North Island

  • Powerful earthquakes hit the Kermadec Islands – Tsunami warning


  • San Cristobal volcano erupts with heavy ash blanketing the city of Chinandega


  • Deadly attack against displaced population in Western Niger


  • 25 additional Lassa fever cases with one death


  • Salmonella outbreak with 10 people hospitalized


  • Extensive damage in New Caledonia from Tropical Cyclone “Niran”


  • Vaccines urgently needed as Palestine struggles under surge of COVID-19


  • Dengue cases continue to increase


  • Persistent heavy rains trigger flooding and landslides affecting more than 3000 homes


  • Taal volcano alert status raised to Level 2


  • H5N8 avian influenza mutation


  • Urgent funding needed to aid 2.7 m people

  • Salmonella outbreak sickens 12

  • Yersinia enterocolitica outbreak over with iceberg lettuce as the suspected source

  • Severe water shortages leave 70 percent of families without safe drinking water


  • Q fever confirmed in Biological Mechanical Treatment plant in Bilbao

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

  • Change in seismic activity associated with the eruption of La Soufriere volcano


  • Salmonella outbreak sickens 12 with iceberg lettuce suspected


  • Thousands of foreigners unlawfully held in JE Syria


  • Typhoid reported in as first domestic case of 2021

  • First imported chikungunya case of the year


  • First human dirofilariasis case reported in Ukraine this year

United Kingdom

  • Brazil COVID-19 variant cases report in the UK

United States of America

  • Maryland reports death in multistate Listeria outbreak

  • Evacuations as heavy rains cause flooding and dam breach in Maui, Hawaii

  • U.K. COVID-19 variant detected at most wastewater treatment plants in Houston

  • Tornado hits South U.S. causing damage in the Southeast

  • Powerful snow storm with high winds in Western US

  • Major severe weather outbreak across lower Mississippi Valley into Alabama

  • Negative polarity sparks G1-Minor geomagnetic storm and auroras in the lower 48

  • 3.1 earthquake 44 miles northeast of Hilo, Hawaii

  • Legionnaires’ Disease cluster in northern New Jersey

  • Very bright fireball over Pennsylvania

West Africa

  • Health ministers join fight against Ebola


  • COVID-19 second wave overwhelms medical facilities with a quarter of casualities children.

  • 20 die after human traffickers force migrants into sea en route to Yemen

At no other time in history have agri-food systems faced more hazards such as extreme weather, locust swarms, megafires, and emerging biological threats than during the Pandemic 2020. This has devastated livelihoods, inflicted negative economic consequences on national levels, that could potentially endure for generations.

According to FAO (The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), disasters happen three times more often today than in the 1970s and 1980s.

Agriculture has absorbed 63 percent of the impact, compared to tourism, commerce, and industry.

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