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The End? What Has Happened in 2020

The End of the World: 2020?

2020 has to be one of the worst years in the history of mankind. Remember Murphy's Law, "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong", 2020 is the absolute epitome of it. So did 2020 really bring the end of the world with it?
Imagine anything worse that could happen, there is a slight possibility that it might have already happened this year: Disasters, Economy Crisis, Virus Outbreaks, Deaths, and what else god knows has happened in 2020.
Apart from Corona Outbreak, there are countless things that happened this year.

    Australia BushFires (January 2020)

    There is already a long-running history of forest fires in Australia but this year it has to be the worst fire season on record as at least 27 million acres of Australia have burned which is larger than Portugal, and more than 14 times the area that burned in California in 2018.
    The fires started in various ways: some by lightning, some by human actions, including arson (willfully and maliciously setting fire). However, it’s the global warming or climate conditions that provided ample fuel for the fires to grow and spread.
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    Residents look on as flames burn through the bush in Lake Tabourie, Australia, on January 4, 2020 (Source- 
    Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

    Ukrainian Flight Crash (January 2020)

    8 January 2020, the Boeing 737-800 flying on the route was shot down shortly after takeoff from Tehran International Airport by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC). All of 176 passengers and crew were found dead.

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    Gas Plant Explosion (March 2020)
    At least 15 people died in a gas explosion in Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday morning. More than 50 buildings were damaged in the blast.
    The explosion was sparked when a truck hit some gas cylinders at a gas processing plant near a pipeline owned by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

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    The gas explosion in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos killed at least 15 people, injured many more, and destroyed around 50 buildings on March 15, 2020. BENSON IBEABUCHI / AFP via Getty Images

    Yemen Humanitarian Crisis (May 2020)

    Since 2016, Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East and North African region, has been in the midst of a civil war. In 2017, Yemen was declared the world’s largest humanitarian disaster by the UN.
    COVID-19 comes at a time when Yemen’s health infrastructure is essentially non-existent after years of civil war.
    Only a few health facilities are functioning, and many that remain operational lack basic equipment like masks and gloves, and other essential supplies to treat the coronavirus. Most of the health workers are receiving no salaries or incentives
    Sanitation and clean water are in short supply. Around 2 million children under 5 years old are suffering from malnutrition and require treatment. For them, what has happened in 2020 is the end of the world...

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    Source- Crisis Aid UK

    While the UNICEF is doing their part, you can also support the children and the country through UNICEF UK and Islamic Relief Worldwide

    Gas Plant leak (May 2020)

    In Vishakhapatnam (India), a toxic gas leak killed 11 people, in one of the deadliest industrial accidents since the Bhopal tragedy of 1984. FIR has been registered against LG Polymers Company.
    It may have been caused due to maintenance failures, operating errors, and improper storage of the toxic styrene gas.
    Styrene is an important commercial chemical, which is used in making make plastics, paints, synthetic rubber, insulation, fiberglass, pipes, automobile parts, food containers, and disposable cups.

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    Source- The News Minute

    Pakistan Plane Crash (May 2020)

    At least 97 people had died after a Pakistan International Airlines flight crashed in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi.

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    Volunteers look for survivors of a Pakistan International Airlines flight, carrying nearly 100 passengers and crew, that crashed in a residential area of Karachi, Pakistan on May 22, 2020. (Fareed Khan / AP)

    Cyclones (June 2020)

    Cyclone Nisarga, headed towards the coastline of Maharashtra and Gujarat, came a week after Cyclone Amphan wreaked havoc in West Bengal and Bangladesh, both causing extensive damages.

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    41yr old female's leg was broken by a falling tree as Cyclone Amphan made landfall in Midnapore, West Bengal, India

    Ebola Outbreak (June 2020)

    The Ebola epidemic had been growing in the provinces of Africa since mid-2018.
    The WHO declared the outbreak a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” on July 17, 2019.
    On 28 Nov 2019, unidentified armed men launched a series of attacks on the offices and living quarters of several Ebola response teams, killing three workers and forcing scores of others to evacuate. Within days, a new Ebola infection was on the rise once again.
    The WHO approved an Ebola vaccine, paving the way for it to be made available in the areas where Ebola is a threat. As of now, four African countries began administering the new vaccine - Congo, Burundi, Ghana, and Zambia.

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    Health workers come to visit mother and daughter, in the quarantine area of the Ebola Treatment Centre of Butembo, North-Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (Source- UN News).

    Locust Attack (June 2020)

    Swarms of locusts invaded vast swathes of land in India since April this year. They entered several cities of Rajasthan via Pakistan’s Sindh province. A few days later, they entered the neighboring states damaging acres of vegetation and crops on their way.

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    Locusts swarms can travel up to 130 km in a day & each locust can consume about two grams of fresh vegetation. (Source- Times Now News)

    Air India Flight Crash (August 2020)

    Flight IX 1134 for its flight mission 'Vande Bharat' was carrying 184 passengers, including 10 infants, and 6 crew when it attempted to land at the airport in Kozhikode (Kerala). Kozhikode has a table-top airport, a challenge for aircrew during difficult landings as they typically have steep drops at one or both ends of the runway.
    When they did touch down, the plane is said to have landed 1000 mt beyond the threshold of the runway before skidding off and sliding into a ditch. The impact broke the plane in two. 

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    Source - India's Opinion

    Blast in Beirut (August 2020)

    4 August 2020, a large amount of ammonium nitrate stocked at the port of the city of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, exploded, causing at least 204 deaths, 6,500 injuries, and USD15 billion dollar in property damage, and leaving an estimated 300,000 people homeless.

    Aftermath of the explosion; With Flooded Blast Crater (Right)

    5,000 Pets Found Dead (October 2020)

    The animals were likely been bought online—were stuffed into plastic or metal cages that were packed in “express boxes” and transported like commodities. They were left in the cardboard boxes without any food or water for roughly a week before being discovered in Central China.

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    Source - Animal News

    West Coast Wildfires (September 2020)

    Combined over 5 million acres have burned in California, Oregon, and Washington so far. Thousands of buildings were destroyed by some of the largest fires ever recorded. More than 2 dozen people have died. Millions up and down the coast spent weeks living under thick clouds of smoke and ash.

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    People Vs Government

    Large crowds had begun peacefully marching up Hennessy Road in Hong Kong against Beijing's declaration of the implication of New National Law, when police fired multiple rounds of tear gas within 30 minutes of the protest on May 2020.

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    Police officers clash with protesters in Hong Kong on May 27, 2020.

    Lam Yik Fei—The New York Times/Redux

    On 22 February, about 1000 people began a sit-in protest near the Jaffrabad metro station in Northeast Delhi (India)
    Eventually, the protest took an ugly form of riots as anti- and pro-CAA demonstrators clashed.
    The Delhi Police's ability to bring back peace in riot-affected areas was questioned by multiple sources. There were reports of police taking no action despite being present when the violence resulted in the killings of people

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    Rioters open firing at police during Delhi riots (Source- OP India)

    The nationwide anti-police violence protests caught fire by the killing of George Floyd in the US have been marked by many incidents of police violence, including punching, kicking, tear-gassing, pepper-spraying, and driving vehicles at peaceful protesters.
    The actions have left hundreds of protesters in jail and injured many others, leaving some with life-threatening injuries
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    Protesters clash with police in Chicago, on May 3    Jim Vondruska | NurPhoto | Getty Images

    October 2020, thousands of women stormed the streets of Poland, protesting a recent Abortion Law that drastically restricts their right to access safe and legal abortions. Carrying banners and placards — many bearing a red lightning bolt, a symbol of the pro-choice protests in the country — the demonstrators demand the reversal of the ruling by Poland’s highest court. Clashes broke out when law enforcement authorities began to use pepper spray to disperse crowds of more than a hundred protestors in Warsaw.

    Protest in London Polish Embassy

    Thousands of people took to the streets of Bangkok in the month of November for anti-government protests that have been ongoing for several months. Three pro-democracy groups gathered in downtown Bangkok standing firm on three major demands: the resignation of the prime minister, the rewriting of the military-drafted constitution, and reform of the near-absolute power of the monarchy.

    Source - DT NEWS

    The ongoing Indian farmers' protest is against the three farm acts which were passed by the Parliament of India in September 2020. The acts have been described as "anti-farmer laws" by many farmer unions. The protest is getting worldwide support.

    There's no doubt that everyone is expecting this year to be over soon. Every month brought a new incident with it which was really overwhelming. 
    From what has happened till now, 2020 almost brought the end of the world with it but thanks to the determination of people and higher institutions, we all are still alive to see next year with a new hope.

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