With nearly 10,000 people killed and more than 95 million affected, 2017 sadly marked a record-breaking year for natural disasters worldwide, ranging from Hurricane Harvey and the massive earthquake in Mexico to Hurricane Irma and the mudslides in Colombia.
Unfortunately, 2018 is turning out to be equally calamitous. Exacerbated by climate change, the years to come may have even more frequent and higher-impact catastrophes in store. But there is some good news in this disastrous scenario: the proliferation of data analytics and sophisticated technology promises to save lives in the face of disaster. As technology gets smarter, officials and scientists are able to analyze once-untapped information.
Author: Amir Elichai