Flooding in Louisiana
At least 13 people have died as much of Louisiana was ravaged by floodwaters within the last week. It’s estimated that more than 40,000 homes have been damaged to some extent, and thousands have had to seek emergency shelter. It is feared that the flooding will lead to lasting, negative impacts on both the economy and the housing shortage throughout the state.
Earthquakes Hit Myanmar and Italy
A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday morning. The death toll is at 159, but is expected to rise as rescuers continue to dig through the debris. Entire towns were turned to rubble as many of the structures in the affected areas were made of unenforced brick or concrete.
The same day, a 6.8 earthquake struck Myanmar. The region anticipates large scale earthquakes, and thus faced less damage. Reports estimate that four people have died and many temples, pagodas, and monasteries were damaged. Tremors were felt as far away as Thailand and India.