Rain, winds help tame wildfires in Spain, Portugal

2017-10-17 20:13

Rain and winds have helped firefighters tame wildfires that devoured homes and people in their cars, leaving 41 dead in Portugal with four also killed in blazes in Spain.

After tsunami, ocean plastic acted as rafts for small sea life

2017-09-29 09:31

After a tsunami hit Japan in 2011, hundreds of aquatic species migrated across the ocean to the US by hitching rides on debris that acted as rafts, researchers say.

Hope fading for survivors as Mexico search enters third day

2017-09-22 10:36

Mexico is anxiously waiting for signs of life in the rubble of collapsed buildings as a desperate search for survivors of a devastating earthquake entered a third day.

WATCH: Natural disasters devastate the Americas

Hurricane Irma gave Florida a coast-to-coast pummelling with winds up to 200km/h on Sunday, while rescuers raced to assist survivors of Mexico's most powerful earthquake. Watch.

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New mudslide hits villages in Switzerland, crushing homes

2017-09-01 13:07

Authorities say a new mudslide preceded by thunderstorms swept through villages in Switzerland, along the same path where a powerful, rocky mudslide left eight people missing and feared dead.

Panic, damage after deadly Philippine quake

2017-07-07 08:08

Residents have fled their houses in panic overnight as aftershocks hit the central Philippines a day after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake killed two people and injured at least 72 others, authorities say.

Storms and fires: Is white monopoly capital really to blame?

2017-06-12 11:11

Environmental health expert Olivia Rose-Innes argues that some of us may feel more in control of an unpredictable world if we perceive humans to be the cause of natural disasters.

6 investigated for manslaughter in Italian hotel avalanche

2017-04-27 20:31

Italian prosecutors are investigating six people for manslaughter, including the provincial governor, over the deadly avalanche at a mountain hotel that killed 29 people.

Years of warnings preceded deadly flood in southern Colombia

2017-04-05 12:36

Reports from Colombia say people were caught off guard when a devastating flash flood surged through a small city, but not everyone was surprised.

Mudslides in southern Colombia kill 112, hundreds missing

2017-04-01 20:01

Mudslides in southern Colombia have claimed at least 112 lives and injured more than 170 following recent torrential rains, the authorities say.


Mexico quake toll 361, 8 still missing

2017-10-02 12:23

The death toll from Mexico's magnitude 7.1 earthquake has risen to 361 after another casualty was confirmed in the capital.

Blame starts to fly over Mexico quake collapses

2017-09-26 10:09

Allegations of negligent construction and poor oversight have begun to fly after deadly building collapses during Mexico's earthquake, as hope faded of finding more survivors of a disaster that killed more than 300 people.

Mexico: Girl 'trapped in earthquake rubble' didn't exist

2017-09-22 07:48

Hour after excruciating hour, Mexicans were transfixed by dramatic efforts to reach a young girl thought buried in the rubble of a school destroyed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. But she didn't exist...

Mourners sob, sift wreckage of huge Mexico quake

2017-09-11 12:49

Sobbing Mexican families have followed coffins through the streets and picked nervously at the ruins of their homes as help trickled in after a huge earthquake killed 90 people.

Strong 6.2 quake rocks Philippines

2017-08-11 13:58

A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake has rocked the region south of the Philippine capital, causing buildings in Manila and nearby areas to sway, seismologists and witnesses say.

Philippine quake knocks down building, kills 2

2017-07-06 19:36

A strong, shallow earthquake has shaken the central Philippines, leaving at least two people dead and injuring more than 100.

Banks, big business give millions for Knysna fire victims

2017-06-09 10:23

Two of South Africa's big four banks have contributed a total R20m towards relief efforts for victims of the devastating fires in the Southern Cape.

Colombia orders protection for mudslide town

2017-04-09 23:01

Colombia's government has ordered measures to protect the stricken town of Mocoa from deforestation thought to have contributed to a deadly mudslide.

Desperate hunt for children in Colombia

2017-04-03 20:12

Survivors in the southern Colombian city of Mocoa are still desperately searching for loved ones following a devastating flood that has claimed more than 250 lives.

Cyclone wreaks havoc

2017-03-12 06:00

At least 38 people have been killed by Cyclone Enawo that struck Madagascar this week, according to an official of that country’s disaster management department.

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