The lesser-known side effects of natural disasters

A despondent Mariela Leon sits in front of her flood damaged home after the passing of Hurricane Irma, in Isabela de Sagua, Cuba, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP

There are a number of side effects of a disaster like Hurricane Harvey or Irma that last long after the cameras leave.

Here are some of the lesser-known side effects:

  • Disaster fraud: Between fake charity donation sites being established to collect money, false insurance claims, and price fixing, natural disasters give way to billions of dollars lost in fraudulent activities, per the Economist.
  • Domestic abuse spikes: The New York Times reports that domestic violence victims can become "particularly vulnerable" after a disaster due to disconnected domestic violence hotlines and being cut off from people who had been helping them (like friends or neighbors). Additionally, the financial assistance given after the disaster could be controlled by the abuser.