Environmental disasters across globe in January 2021

By Burak Bir

ANKARA (AA) – The first month of 2021 saw a host of environmental disasters, including floods in Malaysia and the Philippines, a volcanic eruption in Indonesia, a massive forest fire in India, landslides in Papua New Guinea and an avalanche in Russia.

Here is a timeline compiled by Anadolu Agency.

Jan. 2:

– Massive forest fire engulfs the picturesque Dzuko Valley located in northeastern India.

Jan. 3:

– The death toll from the landslide in the village of Ask, Norway, on Dec. 30, rises to six.

– Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra, Indonesia, erupts, spewing ash columns up to 1,000 meters high.

Jan. 5:

– At least five people are killed in floods that deluges south of Luzon island sitting at the northern end of the Philippines.

Jan. 6:

– Two people die in the Indian-administered Kashmir after they came under heavy snow, according to officials.

Jan. 7:

– At least three people are killed, over 36,000 are evacuated in Malaysia due to floods caused by monsoon rains that hit the country since the beginning of the year.

Jan. 9:

– Much of Spain comes to a halt amid historic snow levels that continue to blanket vast swaths of the country.

– Three people are killed after an avalanche hit a ski resort in Russia's Arctic city of Norilsk.

Jan. 11:

– At least three people are killed, while more than 62,000 others evacuated due to heavy rains in southern Thailand.

Jan. 14:

– Thirteen people die and 20 others injured in heavy rains that ravaged different parts of Rwanda since the beginning of the year.

Jan. 17:

– The Merapi volcano on Indonesia's Java island begins to spew lava as smoke and ash bellowed 50 meters (164 feet) above its crater following the eruptions.

Jan. 20:

– At least 21 people are killed and 63,608 are displaced due to floods that inundated 11 regencies and cities in Indonesia's South Kalimantan province in Indonesia.

Jan. 25:

– After hitting Mozambique's Sofala province, Tropical Cyclone Eloise left at least one person dead, thousands of houses destroyed, and tens of thousands of people directly affected.

Jan. 29:

– At least five family members die and three more are missing after a landslide in Papua New Guinea.

Jan. 31:

– A refugee camp in Syria's northwestern Afrin district is left inundated due to heavy rains, according to reports.