Environmental Impact of Natural Disasters

It has been months since that very unfortunate day Haiti was shaken by a magnitude 7 earthquake. Up to this day, relief efforts are still seen and heard on news and help from the world over keeps on pouring in. Aside from that, volunteers are working round the clock to restore civil order in Haiti as locals are worried about what’s in store for them in the future now that their country has crumbled to the forces of mother nature.

The impending environmental impact of such natural disasters can be felt instantly while others just lie in wait until it blows up into yet another catastrophic tragedy. One of the most expected environmental effects when a natural disaster strikes is water-borne illnesses as chemicals are to be anticipated to pollute clean waters, not to mention oil spills which fortunately was not detected in the streets of Haiti.

Another environmental concern, especially in cases of strong earthquakes, is the accumulation of waste. There will be torn buildings that are beyond repair and unrecyclable debris which are, more often than not, too big of a task to handle by the local waste management.

Most of the time, countries taking the hardest blow even with just a little push from Mother Nature had environmental problems even before the disaster itself which only make matters worse. In Haiti’s case, there were large scale illegal loggings happening in the area which resulted to soil erosion and ultimately loosening of soil. Sanitation problems were also prevalent in Haiti before the historical earthquake. These led experts to believe that if these problems were only remedied soon enough, the extent of damage should have been minimized significantly.


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