It is almost impossible to turn on a television or read a newspaper without news about natural disasters; they seem to be occurring more frequently. Fortunately, there areVacuum_Trucks vacuum trucks that can help aid in the recovery of cities that have been struck by natural disasters.

Increasing Frequency

Many people seem to notice the increase in the occurrence of natural disasters worldwide. While some might dismiss this as being due to the greater availability of news via the internet or worldwide news channels which were not available a decade ago, statistics show that there actually is an increasing number of natural disasters.

Statistics show that between 1973 and 1982, the number of natural disasters that occurred globally was 1,500; while from 1993 to 2002 the number of natural disasters that occurred increased to 6,000 – an alarming figure that is four times higher than it was two decades ago. People living in the United States and Europe may not sense the impact of these figures as the majority of these disasters have occurred in developing countries. Although most of the disasters have struck developing countries, there are some exceptions such as the Hurricane Katrina disaster around New Orleans and the most recent tsunami disaster that struck Japan. It is also common to hear news about droughts occurring in some places, while countries on the opposite part of the globe are experiencing terrible storms.

Many experts believe that the growing rate of natural disasters is a direct result of human activity. The destruction of the ecosystem, such as deforestation and illegal mining as well as the uncontrollable consumption of natural resources has somehow triggered the rise of natural disasters.

When natural disasters strike, they can result in unprecedented damage and loss of life. Hurricane Katrina, ranked as the fifth deadliest hurricane to hit the United States, generated a total property damage of $81 billion dollars and left 1,836 people dead and thousands more homeless.

Role of Vacuum Trucks

When natural disasters strike, some of the vehicles that can help speed recovery efforts are vacuum trucks. During the Hurricane Katrina crisis, many cities were under water due to the heavy downpour brought on by the strong hurricane. The majority of the drainage systems failed due to the large volume of water along with the collection of silt and other debris, resulting in severe flooding.

Traffic halted to a stop in some places, while the combination of strong wind and severe flooding made major roads dangerous to navigate. If drainage systems were left untreated, it could have resulted in flooding that could have lasted for weeks. Thankfully, vacuum trucks were well equipped to handle the job of removing the debris and silt that collected at the bottom of drainage systems, resolving the flooding.

Vacuum trucks are widely used during natural disasters due to their versatility in performing clean-up work and transporting collected waste material efficiently. This truck can clean up anything that fits inside its suction hose including silt, sludge, slurry and even brick solid debris. As long as the debris fits inside the vacuum truck’s suction hose, it will go directly into the truck’s massive waste tank. Due to the unique clean-up ability of this truck and its lightning fast action, it is perfectly suited to use for post-hurricane carnage, when time is of the essence.

The question still remains whether the natural disasters experienced recently are man-made or not; regardless of that, they surely are increasing at an alarming rate. Thankfully, there are vacuum trucks that can rescue cities after a disaster and help speed up recovery!