2017 Natural Disasters And Pandemics List

2017 Natural Disasters And Pandemics List

Below is a 2017 Natural Disasters And Pandemics List covering major natural disasters and pandemic outbreaks from January to December 2017.

January 2017

Heavy Snowfall: Afghanistan

On 25th January 2017, heavy snowfall and freezing weather killed 27 children in a remote district of northern Afghanistan.

Floods and Landslides: Philippines

On the 20th January 2017, over 63,000 people were displaced due to flash floods in northern Mindanao and the Visayas.

Cold Wave: Algeria

A cold wave began in Algeria on the 16th January 2017 falling snow and cold weather affected the Eastern, Central and the high plateau regions. The snow cut off many communities and villages, particularly in the mountainous areas. Substantial Government and military resources were sent to help the 25,000 families affected by the adverse weather.

Floods And Heavy Snowfalls: Pakistan

From the 17th to 22nd of January 2017 heavy showers of rain and record-breaking snowfall caused widespread flooding across three districts in Balochistan. The government declared an emergency in the most affected districts and demanded help for roughly 60,000 affected people in the province. Authorities reported 13 deaths and 650 people injured.

Yellow Fever Outbreak: Brazil

On the 24th January 2017, The National Liaison Centre for the International Health Regulations of Brazil which is an extension of WHO. Provided updated information on the country’s yellow fever situation. According to Brazil’s Ministry of Health, 1,431 suspected cases of yellow fever were reported between the 1st December 2016 to the 10th March 2017. The total suspected and confirmed cases are the highest that has been registered in the country since 2000 according to the WHO.

Armyworm Infestation: Southern Africa

Reports from the Zambia Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit show that as of the 9th January 2017, close to 130,000 ha planted to maize had been affected by a severe outbreak of the Fall Armyworm, which is new to the southern African region.

Cold Wave: FYR Macedonia

On the 5th January 2016, the western and north-eastern parts of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia were hit by a heavy snowstorm. In the evening, the temperatures decreased to minus 25 degrees Celsius. As a result of the cold and freezing temperatures, three people were reported as dead.

Cold Wave: Belarus

Cyclone Axel hit Belarus on the 5th January 2017, with heavy snowfalls accompanied by frost and strong winds. Temperatures dropped down to 25‐29 degrees Celsius below zero, and in some places even to minus 31‐34.  it is estimated that 539 people were traumatized and 10 died of hypothermia.

Floods: Southern Africa

From the beginning of January 2017, heavy seasonal rainfall affected Southern Africa. In Mozambique, 44 people died and 79,000 were affected mainly in the central and southern provinces in January.

February 2017

Earthquakes: Philippines

On the 10th February 2017, a 6.7-magnitude earthquake caused loss of lives and damage to properties in the Caraga region, particularly in Surigao del Norte province. Eight people lost their lives as a result of the earthquake, with 202 injured. It was reported that 16,655 people were displaced by the earthquake.

Measles Outbreak: Guinea

On the 25th February 2017, a measles epidemic was declared in 14 of the 38 health districts in Guinea. Between the 1st  January and the 9th April 2017, there were a total of 4,893 suspected cases including 17 deaths.

Floods and Landslides: Peru

As of the 6th February 2017, heavy showers of rain, landslides, and rivers overflowing had affected more than 70,000 people across Peru. 22 people were reported dead with 1,105 houses destroyed, 54 schools and 47 health centers damaged.

March 2017

Mudslides: Colombia

On the 31st March 2017, increased rainfall caused the Mocoa, Sangoyaco and Mulata Rivers to overflow, which in turn generated a mudslide in the municipality of Mocoa, capital of the department of Putumayo. 273 people were reported dead and 262 people injured.

Meningitis Outbreak: Niger

On the 29th March 2017, the Government of Niger declared a meningitis epidemic in three health centers of the Niamey II health district. By the 8th June 2017, there had been a total of 3,303 suspected cases, with 197 deaths.

Meningitis Outbreak: Nigeria

As of the 19th March 2017, a total of 1,407 suspected cases of meningitis and 211 deaths had been reported from 40 local government areas in five states of Nigeria.

Dengue Outbreak: Peru

In late March 2017, the Ministry of Health personnel announced it would fumigate and thus prevent the spread of mosquito Aedes Aegypti that causes Dengue Fever.  As of the 29th August 2017, UNICEF states that even though the Ministry of Health for South Africa is conducting many activities to prevent dengue and Zika transmission, the number of cases of dengue is greater than reported in earlier years for the same time period. 71,517 cases of dengue and 65 confirmed deaths attributable to the disease have been reported.

Malaria Outbreak: Burundi

On the 13th March 2017, a major malaria outbreak was officially declared. According to the ministry of health, the total number of malaria cases reported during the first 10 weeks of 2017 was 1,960,620 which resulted in 869 deaths.

Tropical Cyclone Enawo

On the 5th March, 2017 Enawo strengthened into a tropical cyclone. It was reported that at least 100,000 people were directly affected by the cyclone. At least 50 people lost their lives and 183 people were injured.



April 2017

Flood: Haiti

From the 20th to 24th April 2017, heavy rainfall caused floods and landslides in the departments of the South East, Grand’Anse, and Nippes. The South department was the most affected. It was estimated that there were 4 deaths, 15 homes destroyed, and nearly 10,000 homes that may have been damaged.

Measles Outbreak: Tajikistan

A measles epidemic in Tajikistan started in April 2017 gradually spreading out of Rudaki district to the capital city of Dushanbe and the surrounding districts as well as Khatlon Oblast. By mid-April 2017, 263 registered cases of measles had been reported.

Hepatitis E Outbreak: Niger

On the 19th of April, the Ministry of Health declared an outbreak of Hepatitis E that killed 25 out of 86 infected people. Since the declaration of the epidemic by the Health authorities a total of 2,035 cases have been declared with 38 deaths recorded.

May 2017

Tropical Cyclone Mora

On the 30th May 2017, Cyclone Mora made landfall in Bangladesh. According to the National Health Crisis Management Centre and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services, there were at least six lives lost, as well as 136 people injured.

Floods and Landslides: Sri Lanka

Incessant rains across Sri Lanka during may affected over half a million people in 7 districts. The most affected was the Rathnapura district where over 20,000 people faced flash floods. As of the 21st June, it was estimated that 415,600 people were affected. A total of 213 deaths have been confirmed and 76 people remained missing. Over 3,000 houses have been destroyed and 21,000 were partly damaged.

Floods: Burkina Faso

Floods and violent winds affected 5129 people in May 2017. The floods killed three people, injured 18 others and destroyed more than 750 houses across the country.

Ebola Outbreak: DR Congo

On the 11th May 2017, the Ministry of Health of the DRC informed WHO that of five laboratory samples tested, one tested positive for Ebola virus at the Institute National de Recherche Biomédicale laboratory in Kinshasa.

Floods And Landslides: India

On the 7th May 2017, six people died, two from floods in Phek district (Nagaland State) and four more in Giridih district due to lightning strikes.

Tropical Cyclone Donna

On the 3rd May 2017, Fiji Meteorological services provided an early alert for a tropical disturbance which was forming north of Vanuatu. The tropical disturbance developed into Tropical Cyclone Donna. A significant number of houses were either totally destroyed or damaged.

Earthquake: Kyrgyzstan

On the 3rd May 2017, an earthquake of 5.9 magnitude occurred in northern and central-northern Tajikistan near the border with Kyrgyzstan. Fortunately, there were no human fatalities but the earthquakes resulted in severe damage to infrastructure, including educational and health facilities and houses in the district of Chong Alay of Osh province as well as the district of Kadamjai in Batken province.

June 2017

Floods and Mudslides: Tajikistan

Heavy rains and strong winds on the 26th June 2017 resulted in a mudflow in Amondara village, Panjakent district of Tajikistan. About 700 people were affected. Six houses were totally destroyed, and a further ten houses heavily damaged. The affected population lost their livelihoods, livestock and home properties and critical social infrastructure.

Floods and Landslides: China

Heavy rains in southern China caused severe floods and landslides affecting over 7.3 million people. A massive landslide in Xinmo village, Sichuan province, left at least 10 people dead and almost 100 people missing.

Severe Local Storm: Hungary

On the 21st June 2017, hailstorm and heavy rains hit several parts of Hungary. Heavy rain that entered houses led to the destruction of food, household items, and appliances as well as the soaking of walls from the inside. A total of 233 houses suffered serious damages as a result of the heavy hailstorm and rainfall.

Floods: Sudan

On the 20th June, torrential rains and flash flooding affected an estimated 9,000 people in Kalma camp for in South Darfur State. Hundreds of IDP shelters were damaged or destroyed, assets lost, and latrines collapsed. No injuries or deaths were reported.

Hepatitis E Outbreak: Nigeria

On the 18th June 2017, the Nigerian Ministry of Health notified [WHO] of an outbreak of hepatitis E in the north-east region of the country. The first case was detected on the 3rd May 2017 in Damasak, at the border with the Republic of the Niger. The total number of cases was 1376 which resulted in 8 deaths.

Floods and Landslides: Bangladesh

Deadly mudslides triggered by torrential monsoon rains in southeastern Bangladesh are estimated to have claimed at least 135 lives. This disaster occurred just two weeks after Cyclone Mora killed 9 people and caused significant damage to the region.

Polio Outbreak: Syria

In May 2017 a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 outbreak was confirmed in the Deir-Ez-Zor Governorate of the Syrian Arab Republic.

Cholera Outbreak: Nigeria

On the 7th June 2017, the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health notified WHO of an outbreak of cholera in Kwara State in the western part of the country. Over 530 suspected cases had been registered as of the 5 September 2017, including 23 deaths.

Floods and Landslides: Nepal

Since the 1st June 2017, 37 districts in Nepal have been impacted by floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains. As of the 20th September 2017, there were 160 reported deaths, along with 43,400 destroyed homes and 191,700 others partially damaged. Nearly 21,000 households were still displaced.

July 2017

Forest Fires: Tunisia

On the 31st of July, a fire outbreak in Jendouba Governorate resulted in the destruction of houses displacing around 500 people.

Dengue Outbreak: Sri Lanka

As of the 7th July 2017, as many as 82,543 dengue cases, including 250 deaths, have been reported by the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine.

Cholera Outbreak: Sudan

A cholera outbreak that started in Blue Nile state in August 2016 began to spread rapidly as of April this year. As of July, 2017 estimates suggest that a minimum of between 15,000 to 23,000 people were infected resulting in 280 to 820 deaths.

Earthquake: Philippines

On the 6th July 2017, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines. Three deaths and 448 injuries have been reported.



August 2017

Measles Outbreak: Papua New Guinea

On the 23rd August 2017, the first case of measles was reported in the Vanimo Green District of West Sepik Province in North-West Papua New Guinea. As of the 31st October, 57 cases have been reported, with eight having been confirmed by laboratory tests and two deaths.

Hurricane Harvey

On the 25th August, 2017 Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. The most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in over fifty years. The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 17,000 rescues.

Cholera Outbreak: Chad

On the 15th August 2017, the Ministry of Health of Chad notified WHO of a suspected cholera outbreak in Koukou District. As of the 5th September 2017, 206 cholera cases including 25 deaths have been reported across Koukou district.

Landslide: DR Congo

On the 15th of August, a landslide occurred that resulted in at least 150 deaths and an estimated 70 houses were destroyed.

Mudslides: Sierra Leone

On the 14th August 2017, three days of heavy rains triggered flash floods and a massive landslide in and around the capital Freetown. As of the 31st August 2017, the total number of confirmed deaths is slightly above 500 and the number of missing persons at 810.

Tropical Cyclone Franklin

On Monday the 7th August tropical storm Franklin hit near the town of Pulticub, in the south-eastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo, on the Yucatan Peninsula. Fortunately, no fatalities have been reported.

September 2017

Dengue Outbreak: Burkina Faso

On the 28th September 2017, the Ministry of Health formally declared the outbreak of Dengue. 525 suspected cases including two deaths were reported.

Floods: Togo

As at the 28th September 2017, a total of 3,612 people have been affected by an overflow of the Nangbéto dam. More than 1,278 people were directly affected.

Mount Agung Volcano: Indonesia

The increasing unrest in the Agung Volcano in Bali, Indonesia, since the 10th August 2017 has led the authorities to raise the alert at the highest level. Evacuations took place in an area of up to 12 km around the volcano.

Earthquakes: Mexico

On the 7th September 2017, an 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific Coast of Mexico. An estimated 50 million Mexicans felt the tremor.

Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria was the tenth-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record. Its regarded as the worst natural disaster on record in Dominica and caused catastrophic damage and a major humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. At its peak, the hurricane caused catastrophic damage and many fatalities across the northeastern Caribbean.

Severe Local Storms: Rwanda

On the 17th September 2017, Rwanda experienced heavy rainfall associated with heavy storms. This resulted in the destruction of houses and community farmlands. According to data from a rapid assessment conducted by Rwanda Red Cross staff and volunteers. It is estimated that 5,850 people from 1,170 households have been affected by heavy winds and out of the 640 families are now homeless and classified as most vulnerable. The disaster caused three deaths and 24 people were injured.

Yellow Fever Outbreak: Nigeria

On the 15th September 2017, the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health notified WHO of a confirmed yellow fever case in Ifelodun Local Government Area. As of the 26th October 2017, a total of 166 cases of acute jaundice syndrome and 10 deaths had been reported.

Plague Outbreak: Madagascar

On the 13th September 2017,  WHO was notified of an outbreak of pulmonary plague in Madagascar. From the 1st August to the 27th October 2017, a total of 1,554 suspected cases of plague, including 113 deaths, were reported. Of these, 985 were clinically classified as pulmonary plague, 230 were bubonic plague.

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma made landfall on northeast Caribbean islands during the early hours of the 6th September 2017. Affecting Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, St Barthélemy, St. Martin, the Virgin Islands and other islands in the eastern Caribbean Sea. Thousands of people were evacuated.

Dengue Outbreak: Pakistan

According to the provincial Health Department in Peshawar, as of the 14th September, the death toll from dengue, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reached 25.

October 2017

Tropical Storm Nate

According to data provided by the National Civil Protection Systems, the damage reported is as follows:

Nicaragua: 11 deaths; Government has provided food supplies for more than 1,600 affected households; 11 departments/31 municipalities affected; More than 30,000 people affected. 5,953 damaged houses.

Guatemala: 5 deaths, 3 missing; 2,749 people affected; 413 people rendered homeless.

Costa Rica: 8 deaths, 11 missing; 3,921 people evacuated to 94 shelters; 419,868 people without water.

Honduras: 3 deaths; 16 provinces on yellow alert; 143 affected people.

Panama: 1 death; 150 affected homes; 750 people affected.

Earthquake: Iran/Iraq

On the 12th October 2017, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit Kermanshah Province, western Iran. It claimed at least 407 lives and injured over 6,700 others.

Northern California Wildfires

In October 2017  the Northern California wildfires were a series of 250 wildfires that started burning across the state of California. These fires included the most destructive fires of the 2017 California wildfire season. The Tubbs Fire, the Atlas Fire, and the Nuns Fire.

Marburg virus Outbreak: Uganda and Kenya

On the 17th October 2017, the Ugandan Ministry of Health notified WHO of a confirmed outbreak of Marburg Virus Disease in Kween District, Eastern Uganda. As of the 14th November, three cases have been reported including two confirmed cases and one probable case. All three cases have died, resulting in a case fatality rate of 100%.

November 2017

Diphtheria Outbreak: Yemen

27th November 2017, diphtheria is making an alarming comeback in the war-torn country of Yemen, with 189 clinically diagnosed cases and 20 deaths.

Typhoon Damrey

On the 4th of November 2017, Typhoon Damrey hit 10 provinces and the city of Danang Viet Nam causing 29 deaths. It destroyed 600 houses and damaged nearly 40,000 others houses.

December 2017

Southern California Wildfires

There are currently four different wildfires burning in the Los Angeles area. The Thomas and Rye fires and the Creek and Skirball fires. Together these four fires have burned more than 116,000 acres. So far, over 110,000 people affected have been evacuated from their homes.

2017 Natural Disasters And Pandemics List Conclusion

This 2017 Natural Disasters And Pandemics List was created to provide a rundown of the major events that have happened in 2017. We have provided some research links below that will enable you to find out more about the natural disasters and pandemics we have listed. If you think we have missed a significant natural disaster or pandemic from the list. Let us know in the comments section below and we will look at adding it to this list.

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