UN: Natural disasters inflict $80bn in farming losses

2015-11-27 10:07

Natural disasters in developing countries over the past 10 years have caused at least $80bn worth of agricultural damage, according to a UN report.

Report: 90% of disasters are weather-related

2015-11-24 14:23

A new report says 90% of disasters in the last 20 years have been caused by flood, storms, heatwaves and other weather-related events – and these weather-spawned disasters are becoming more frequent.

More money for drought relief in SA - Radebe

2015-11-19 14:30

More money has been added to support the country’s drought relief efforts, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says.

R30m to assist drought-hit Free State farmers - MEC

2015-11-18 13:02

The MEC for Free State Agriculture Oupa Khoabane says his department has committed R30m to assist emerging farmers affected by drought in the province.

Ministers to discuss plan to tackle drought

2015-11-13 10:01

An inter-ministerial committee responsible for looking into the drought happening in parts of the country is due to discuss its progress.

Drought kills hundreds of chickens in Limpopo

2015-11-10 21:30

Hundreds of Limpopo chickens have already died in the country’s worst drought in more than two decades as area farmers wait and watch the summer skies as crops wilt.

Strong 6.8-magnitude quake rocks Chile

2015-11-07 16:17

A strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile, but there was no tsunami alert and no immediate report of damage or injuries, seismologists have said.

Pakistan will help quake survivors 'before winter'

2015-10-31 00:11

Pakistan has vowed swift compensation to survivors of a powerful earthquake that flattened thousands of homes, so that they can rebuild before the harsh winter sets in.

Britain, Iceland to revive volcano power project

2015-10-29 15:26

Iceland’s volcanoes could heat British homes within 10 years via the world’s longest subsea power cable under plans to be announced by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Pakistani clerics say quake a wake-up call for sinners

2015-10-27 21:06

A religious body of Sunni clerics says the deadly earthquake that struck Pakistan is a wake-up call for Muslims to quit sinning.


Ballito fights drought with recycled water

2015-11-27 08:45

One of the areas north of Durban worst hit by the drought is likely to have a steady water supply all through the festive season, thanks to the use of recycled water.

Looking my cattle in the eye and shooting them broke me – farmer

2015-11-20 15:38

Farmer Tolla Faber has cried a lot in his life. But nothing came close to looking his livestock – which he scrimped and saved to buy – in the eye and shooting them.

36 confirmed dead in eastern China landslide

2015-11-19 11:31

The death toll from a landslide in eastern China's Zhejiang province rose to 36, with one still missing, state media report.

Stop with water blame game - institute

2015-11-16 10:48

The Water Institute of Southern Africa has called on citizens to stop playing the blame game and work together when it comes to the country's water crisis.

Department to brief Parliament on drought crisis

2015-11-11 05:26

The Department of Water and Sanitation is due to brief the portfolio committee in Parliament about the status of the drought in South Africa.

If you don't feel positive, you should stop - wheat farmer

2015-11-10 14:45

Farmers in the Cape are worried about how water shortages will affect their production - and income.

Growing food more than just a job - drought-hit farmer

2015-11-05 10:36

Growing crops is not just a job. It requires passion, love and care. So says Pietermaritzburg vegetable farmer, 64-year-old Hlaleleni Louisa Buthelezi who has been hard-hit by the drought gripping much of the country.

Drought-stricken KZN declared disaster area

2015-10-30 12:03

The declaration of KwaZulu-Natal as a disaster area because of its drought crisis has been welcomed by the province’s MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Cold, hungry survivors wait for relief - Pakistani quake

2015-10-28 09:18

Relief agencies are battling to reach cold and hungry survivors of a devastating earthquake that has killed more than 360 people in Pakistan and Afghanistan, with entire communities still cut off in the mountainous region.

Philippine floods, typhoon death toll rises

2015-10-21 15:20

Widespread flooding in the Philippines caused by a powerful typhoon has eased, but the storm's death toll climbed to 47 and tens of thousands remain stranded.

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