More than 1.500 lives were claimed by natural elements in Indonesia at the end of September 2018. A wave of earthquakes, the strongest of a magnitude of 7.5, and the subsequent tsunami destroyed the city of Palu and the surrounding villages in the Indonesian province of Central Sulawesi. Houses, buildings, roads, airports and important infrastructure were damaged. Tens of thousands of people lost their homes. The disaster affected almost 1.5 million people.
Nepal, India and Bangladesh have been recovering from massive floods and landslides that claimed more than 2000 lives. The disaster affected a total of 41 million people.
In addition to the consequences of the devastating flood, Bangladesh in particular is facing an influx of the Rohingya people fleeing from death in Myanmar.