When it became clear that the (then category five) hurricane Katrina was headed towards New Orleans, the authorities ordered a mass evacuation of the area. Most left, and of the ones who stayed, many had no or little choice due to lack of transportation or poor health.
But among those who stayed were many who did so by choice. And among these (I realize this group is becoming small), some did because of attachment to the thought of having to protect property, or to uphold a self-image of not being pushed around by others – including nature. And among these, some most likely died. They died because of believing in a thought.
Believing in a thought has many and varied consequences, most of which involve suffering in many forms and to various degrees. And this includes, in some cases, the suffering of the death of the small self.