Officials order residents in nine counties not to bathe, brush their teeth or wash their clothes.
The bill from natural and weather disasters is nearly $200 billion (150 billion euros) a year, four times higher than in the 1980s.
Consumables become catastrophes when massive amounts of food escape from containers.
In 2012, human activities influenced six extreme weather and climate events that struck around the globe.
Local residents count the cost after a deadly tornado flattened huge areas of Oklahoma City's suburbs on May 20, 2013.
Sinkholes are an increasingly deadly risk in Florida, due primarily to the region's geology.
Two BP employees are charged with manslaughter and the oil company will pay $4 billion in penalties.
Teamwork, training and toughness saves a big wave surfer from drowning on Dec. 22.
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