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US sets record for billion-dollar weather disasters in a year -- with four months yet to go

  • The United States has experienced a record-breaking year for expensive weather and climate disasters, with 23 events costing at least $1 billion each. These disasters have resulted in 253 fatalities and $57.6 billion in damage, with the final cost yet to be determined. The impact of extreme weather is being exacerbated by decisions to build in high-risk areas and the effects of the climate crisis.
  • The frequency and intensity of disasters in recent years have stretched federal, state, and local resources, making it more challenging to respond, recover, and prepare for future events. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is facing pressure to replenish its disaster relief fund, which is at risk of running out of funding.
  • Lawmakers are being urged to invest more in resilience measures to protect buildings and infrastructure from the impacts of extreme weather. However, as climate change worsens, the costs and frequency of disasters are expected to continue to rise, making proactive and resilient strategies more crucial.
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