Billion Dollar Disasters

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  • 2002
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The eruption of Mt. St. Helens. Hurricanes Andrew and Floyd. The 1999 Venezuelan Mudslide. These are some of the costliest disasters in human history. Take an in-depth look at both the human and financial toll of these disasters. Why was there so much death and destruction? How did people rebuild after these tragedies?

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Venezuelan Mudslides
5. Venezuelan Mudslides
January 31, 2002
In 1999, a year of heavy rain brought tragic results when a mudslide altered over 60 kilometers of Venezuelan coastline. With a death toll believed to be nearly 30,000, the 1999 Venezuelan mudslides are one of the worst natural disasters in modern memory.
Mount Saint Helens
4. Mount Saint Helens
January 31, 2002
Mount St. Helens eruption in May of 1980 was the deadliest and most financially destructive volcanic eruption in the history of the United States. Listen to the stories of people who were near the volcano when it erupted, yet lived to tell the tale.
Hurricane Floyd
3. Hurricane Floyd
January 31, 2002
In 1999, over 2.5 million coastal residents spread across five US states were forced to leave their homes in the third largest evacuation in US History. The cause was Hurricane Floyd, one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded.
Hurricane Andrew
2. Hurricane Andrew
October 1, 2002
When tropical storm Andrew strengthened into a category 5 hurricane, the people of Southern Florida found themselves in a struggle for survival. Hear stories from survivors of one of the most destructive hurricanes in history.
Flood of the Millennium
1. Flood of the Millennium
January 31, 2002
The winter of 1996-07 saw the people of the Red River Valley struggling through blizzard conditions. But winter was only the beginning of their problems, as the spring floods caused the worst natural disaster in North Dakota's history.
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The eruption of Mt. St. Helens. Hurricanes Andrew and Floyd. The 1999 Venezuelan Mudslide. These are some of the costliest disasters in human history. Take an in-depth look at both the human and financial toll of these disasters. Why was there so much death and destruction? How did people rebuild after these tragedies?

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    January 31, 2002
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