Disaster After Disaster By the Numbers / by Yessenia Funes

 Yessenia Funes / La Calentura

Yessenia Funes / La Calentura

In the short span of roughly two weeks, the Earth has shown the world its true wrath. I'm not talking just hurricanes. Wildfires are raging throughout the West, too. Some regions are flooded, others in flames. This is the United States of America. Today. Right now.

Hurricane Irma has already landed on the Caribbean with the islands of Antigua and St. Martin seeing damage. Currently, Irma is headed to Puerto Rico and Cuba with Florida sitting in its potential path, too. Texas is still dealing with former Hurricane Harvey's impacts, too.

United Nations Chief Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said yesterday (Sept. 5) that natural disasters have quadrupled since 1970, per the Associated Press, and that most of these have occurred in the U.S. since 1995. I've already laid out the disproportionate impact such disasters have on people of color, but here are some more numbers to wrap your head around what these look like—by the numbers.

Hurricane Harvey

13

Number of Superfund sites flooded as of yesterday

11

Number of Superfund sites still inaccessible as of yesterday

> 50K

Number of people who went to government-paid hotels

63

Number of deaths, at the least
 

27 trillion

Gallons of rain in Texas and Louisiana 

$180 billion

Potential cost of reconstruction

Hurricane Irma

4

Number of "most solid" buildings in St. Martin that are now gone

185

Miles per hour wind speed, the most powerful ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean

1,600

Number of people living in Barbuda, an island that has lost all communication due to damage

2

Number of confirmed deaths in the French Caribbean with the number expected to rise

Wildfires

65

Total number of active wildfires as of Sept. 6

9

Number of states reporting wildfires by Sept. 6

72

Number of homes burned in northern California

2,000

Number of people evacuated from homes in northern California