Sandy: A Loss Comparisonby and
Hurricane Sandy was among the most devastating storms recorded on the U.S. East Coast, even with the losses still being tallied. The costs in lives and dollars are tragic, but Sandy’s toll is less than those of many recent catastrophes. Cyclone Nargis killed 138,000 people when it ravaged Myanmar in May 2008. Sandy cut power for 8 million customers; a grid failure in India this summer left 640 million in the dark. Here’s how Sandy compares, so far, with Hurricane Katrina and with the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011.