Author : Sarah Salman
Typhoon Haiyan “Yolanda”, one of the strongest tropical cyclones on record. It was an exceptionally powerful tropical cyclone that devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, in early November 2013. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 6,166 people in that country alone. Haiyan is also the strongest storm recorded at landfall, and unofficially the strongest typhoon ever recorded in terms of wind speed.
2. North Korea Underground Nuclear Test
On 12 February 2013, North Korea conducted its third underground nuclear test. Following that, it faced the consequences when the whole world condemned the action and the international community tightened the economic sanctions.
3. Flood in Indian States (June 14th – 30th)
India witnessed a very deadly flood that caused massive destruction in the states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. This deadly flood claimed the lives of more than 5700 people and trapped about 20,000 people.
4. Chelyabinsk Meteor: A Meteor Explodes Over Russia
On February 15, a meteor explodes over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, injuring 1,491 people and damaging over 4,300 buildings. It is the most powerful meteor to strike Earth’s atmosphere in over a century. The incident, along with a coincidental flyby of a larger asteroid, prompts international concern regarding the vulnerability of the planet to meteor strikes.
5. Boston Marathon Blast
Another very gloomy day in Boston was on 16th April. In the attack, two pressure cooker bombs were exploded almost 13 seconds or 210 yard apart from finishing line. This incident claimed the lives of 3 people and injured 238 people.
6. China Earthquake
It was a very massive earthquake that claimed lives of about 196 people with 24 others were reported missing. At least 11,826 people were injured, with 968 of them were serious. The magnitude of the earthquake was recorded at 7.0 on the richter scale. This was one of the major disaster and among the top 10 major incidents of 2013.
7. Rana Plaza Collapse in Savar, Bangladesh
On April 24, an eight-story commercial building collapses in Savar Upazila near the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, leaving 1,129 dead and 2,500 injured. The accident is the deadliest non-terrorist structural collapse in modern times and the third-worst industrial disaster in history.
8. Iran Nuclear Deal
On 24 November 2013, the Geneva interim agreement, officially titled the Joint Plan of Action was a pact signed between Iran and the P5+1 countries in Geneva, Switzerland. It consisted of a short-term freeze of portions of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for decreased economic sanctions on Iran, as the countries work towards a long-term agreement. The deal represents the first formal agreement between the United States and Iran in 34 years.
9. Death of Nelson Mandela
On 5 December 2013, Nelson Mandela, the first black President of South Africa and one of the most prominent personalities to have ever been born, died at the age of 95 after suffering from a prolonged respiratory infection. He died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa. His death was announced by President Jacob Zuma with immediate and worldwide reactions from governments, high-end personalities and international organizations. The reaction gained worldwide media coverage. South Africa announced a mourning period of 10 days all over the country. Numerous memorials were conducted across the country and the world in his honor. The official memorial service took place on 10th December at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg. A state funeral was held on 15 December 2013.
10. Syria Chemical Attack Allegation
These chemical attacks occurred on 21 August 2013. The United Nations (UN) took charge and investigated several attack sites. These sites were mere kilometers from the temporary quarters of United Nations inspectors who had arrived at the Syrian government’s invitation to look into the matter of previous use of chemical weapons. About three weeks after the incident, the UN completed its investigation. They reported and confirmed that the use of sarin in the Ghouta attack. The Syrian government and opposition started blaming each other for the attack. Many government individuals and governments of the world, primarily in the Western and Arab worlds claimed that the attack was carried out by forces of Syrian President.