California Wildfires, Hurricane Michael Top List of 2018’s Costliest Natural Disasters
Hurricane Florence was 2018's third costliest disaster at $14 billion.
Japan was hard-hit with disasters as well in 2018, with at least seven typhoons that hit the country's islands. The costliest was Typhoon Jebi with overall losses of $12.5 billion, making it the fourth costliest worldwide.
Europe's costliest disaster was a drought and heat wave that cost $3.9 billion.
The report says that some 10,400 people lost their lives in 2018 as a result of natural catastrophes, which is below the yearly average of 53,000 deaths over the past 30 years.
The deadliest disaster of 2018 was the earthquake-triggered tsunami in the Indonesian city of Palu on Sept. 28, which killed 2,100 people.