Worldwide Disasters Report - January 2021

Disasters can strike at any time and in any place in the world. You are probably aware of local news breaking disasters. Many of us are myopic, only able to see what is happening in our own area. It is important to be informed of disasters affecting other areas of the world because they may affect your own life indirectly. The CDP (Center for Disaster Philanthropy) keeps an eye on the status of disasters worldwide and compiles disaster information.

Considering the ongoing worldwide Coronavirus pandemic that started in China and spread to every corner of the world, COVID-19 still affects humankind on a global scale. On February 1, 2021, it was reported that there have been 102,584,351 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 2,222,647 deaths worldwide, according to WHO World Health Organization.

The World Health Organization keeps track of disasters and reports them by region on a weekly basis.

In January 2021, the following natural or man-made disasters were recorded (by area) impacting thousands:


January 12 - Floods in Serbia, Bulgaria, Albania, and Kosovo

North America

January 6 - Powerful winter storms in Alaska, Pacific Northwest, and Canada

January 13 - Deadly windstorm through Pacific Northwest left many without power\


January 27 - Malarial mosquito widespread in the Horn of Africa

January 14 - 25 - Cyclone Eloise affected more than 300,000 people.


January 24 - Earthquake hit South Shetland Islands