Tragedies Happened in Year 2014

There were so many incidents happened in this year. Started from MH370 (M'sia), then sinking of the MV Sewol (Korea) . Few months later, MH17 shot down incident happened, right after a day the MH17 incident, a small jet crashed in Taiwan, then Algeria flight crashed. Days ago,  gas explosion happened in Taiwan, etc. So many tragedies happened!!!

Besides that, wars happening now, so many lives were killed especially Palestinians. Then Ebola outbreak!!Izit these are the signs of the world is gonna end soon??!

Let's see more details about the tragedies that had happened & happening now. (From latest to oldest)

1. Ebola Virus
Formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, Ebola virus disease is a severe, infectious illness with a death rate of up to 90%. It is most common in remote parts of Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.

Ebola first appeared in 1976, with two outbreaks: one near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the other in a remote part of Sudan. 280 died.

2. Taiwan Gas Explosion

A downtown district of the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung was ripped apart just before midnight Thursday (31/7/2014) by a series of explosions that killed at least 26 people and injured hundreds more.

3. MH 17

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was a scheduled international passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was shot down on 17 July 2014, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board. The Boeing 777-200ER airliner lost contact near Hrabove in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, about 50 km (31 mi) from the Ukraine–Russia border and crashed near Torez, 40 km (25 mi) from the border. The crash occurred in the conflict zone of the ongoing War in Donbass, in an area controlled by the Donbass People's Militia.

4. Flight AH 5017 (Force of Air Algérie)

Air Algérie Flight 5017 (AH5017/DAH5017) was a scheduled international passenger flight from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to Algiers, Algeria, which crashed in Mali, near Gossi, on 24 July 2014. The McDonnell Douglas MD-83 with 110 passengers and 6 crew on board, operated by Swiftair for Air Algérie, disappeared from radar about fifty minutes after take-off. There were no survivors.

5. JET GE 222 Crashed in Taiwan

TransAsia Airways flight GE222 smashed into two houses near Magong airport, on the outlying Penghu island chain, after requesting a second attempt to land there. There were 58 people on board including four crew member &, four children. 48 people were dead.

6. Israel-Gaza Conflict 2014

An escalation of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict began in 2014 following a series of events.These events included the continued blockade of the Gaza Strip by the Egyptian and Israeli governments, continued rocket attacks from Gaza, the collapse of American-sponsored peace talks, attempts by rival Palestinian factions to form a coalition government, the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers, the subsequent kidnapping and murder of a Palestinian teenager, the arrest by Israel of nearly all of Hamas' West Bank leaders, and increased rocket attacks on Israel when an agreement to gradually lift the blockade of Gaza was not fulfilled, since Hamas did not keep the previous ceasefire. On the night of 6 July, an Israeli air raid on Gaza killed seven Hamas militants, while Hamas increased rocket attacks on Israel and declared that "all Israelis" had become "legitimate targets". On 8 July 2014, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip.

On 13 July, the Israeli military reported that more than 1,300 Israeli airstrikes had taken place on Gaza, while more than 800 rockets had been fired from Gaza into Israel. The next day, 14 July, Egypt announced a cease-fire initiative. The Israeli government accepted the proposal, and temporarily stopped hostilities in the morning of 15 July. However, all Palestinian factions, including Palestinian President Abbas, announced they had not been consulted on the Egyptian initiative and were only informed of the proposal via the media. Hamas rejected it in "its current form", as did other Palestinian factions. On 16 July, Hamas and Islamic Jihad offered Israel a 10-year truce, with ten conditions, mostly centered on ending the blockade. 

The conflict is the deadliest military operation to have taken place in Gaza since the Second Intifada, though both the exact number of deaths and the percentage of the dead who were militants as opposed to civilians have been in dispute. According to the Gaza Health Ministry, 1,880 Palestinians were killed and 10,000 were injured, and the dead included 398 children, 207 women, and 74 elderly people. Preliminary reports to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) from Protection Cluster estimated that 1,176 (68%) of 1,717 deaths whose identities they have so far verified, were civilians, of whom 573 (33% of all all deaths) were women or children. Israel, however, has maintained that at least 47% of Gazan fatalities have been combatants. 64 IDF soldiers have been killed, as well as two Israeli civilians and a Thai worker. The Israel Defense Forces have stated that Hamas has been using civilians as "human shields", and on 17 July UNRWA strongly condemned the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its schools and on 22 July the European Union condemned all "calls on the civilian population of Gaza to provide themselves as human shields." Hamas has denied that it uses human shields. 44% of the territory of the Gaza Strip has been declared a no-go zone by the Israeli military.

As of 3 August 2014 an OCHA report stated that in the Gaza Strip, 485,000 Palestinians (approximately 25% of Gaza's population) may have been displaced, of whom 269,793 were taking shelter in 90 schools. UNRWA has exhausted its capacity to absorb displaced persons, and overcrowding in shelters risks the outbreak of epidemics.[citation needed] Gaza's entire population of 1.8 million people are affected by a halt and/or reduction in the water supplies. 26 health facilities have been damaged, 945 homes (10,690 families) have been totally destroyed or severely damaged and the homes of 5,435 families have been damaged but are still inhabitable. Throughout the Gaza Strip, people receive only three hours of electricity per day.The destruction of Gaza’s only power plant had an immediate effect on the public health situation and reduced water and sanitation services, with hospitals becoming dependent on generators. More than 485,000 internally displaced persons are in need of emergency food assistance.

7. South Korea Ferry Disaster (16-4-2014)

There had been 459 people on the Sewol, including 325 students, 15 teachers, 89 other passengers and a crew of 30.
Only 164 of those on board were confirmed rescued, and four dead - leaving 291 unaccounted for.

8. MH 370

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370/MAS370) was a scheduled international passenger flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing that disappeared on 8 March 2014 at 01:20 MYT (17:20 UTC, 7 March) after losing contact with air traffic control less than an hour after takeoff. At 07:24, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) reported the flight missing. The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200ER, was carrying 12 Malaysian crew members and 227 passengers from 15 nations.

A multinational search effort, which became the largest and most expensive in history, began in the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea, where the flight's signal was lost on secondary radar, and was soon extended to the Strait of Malacca and Andaman Sea. On 15 March, based on military radar data and transmissions between the aircraft and an Inmarsat satellite, investigators concluded that the aircraft had diverted from its intended course and headed west across the Malay Peninsula, then continued on a northern or southern track for around seven hours.

The focus of the search shifted to the southern part of the Indian Ocean, west of Australia.1 In the first two weeks of April, aircraft and ships deployed equipment to listen for signals from the underwater locator beacons attached to the aircraft's "black boxes". Four unconfirmed signals were detected between 6 and 8 April near the time the beacons' batteries were likely to have been exhausted. A robotic submarine searched the seabed near the detected pings until 28 May, with no debris being found. An analysis of possible flight paths was conducted, identifying a 60,000 km2 (23,000 sq mi) search area, approximately 2,000 km (1,200 mi) west of Perth, Australia.The underwater search of this area is expected to begin in August 2014 and last up to 12 months at a cost of A$60 million (approximately US$56 million or €41 million).

There has been no confirmation of any flight debris, and no crash site has been found, resulting in many unofficial theories about its disappearance. The only evidence of the plane's flight path after it disappeared from military radar over the Andaman Sea are communications between the aircraft and a satellite over the Indian Ocean. Analysis of these communications by multiple agencies has concluded that the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean. On 24 March, the Malaysian government, noting that the final location determined by the satellite communication was far from any possible landing sites, concluded that "flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean."