South Carolina flood: Thousands without running water

2015-10-06 10:11

After a week of steady rain, thousands of South Carolina residents face the prospect of going days without running water.

Guatemalan victim: We can't live here any more

2015-10-05 08:00

At least 131 people have been killed in mudslides that smashed into a village outside Guatemala City, officials say, three days after the disaster struck the Central American nation.

Disasters lead to 'dramatic' increase in child marriages - group

2015-10-01 11:23

Natural and humanitarian disasters lead to a dramatic increase in child marriages as families struggle to cope, a campaign group says, urging governments to accelerate their efforts to end the practice.

Chile declares state of emergency after quake

2015-09-18 09:08

The Chilean government has declared a state of emergency in a central region after a magnitude-8.3 earthquake killed 11 people and caused widespread disruption.

Volcano erupts in southern Japan

2015-09-14 12:30

Mount Aso, a volcano on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, has erupted, sending huge plumes of black and then white smoke 2 000m into the air.

600mm falls in Japan, 150 000 ordered out

2015-09-10 18:57

About 150 000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes as torrential rains, flooding and mudslides hit eastern Japan.

Typhoon Soudelor hits Taiwan, at least 4 dead

2015-08-08 09:43

Typhoon Soudelor has lashed Taiwan, downing trees, traffic lights and power lines, and leaving at least four dead, four missing and dozens injured.

1 000s join quake drill in Philippine capital

2015-07-30 19:55

Thousands of people have participated in an earthquake drill in the Philippine capital to prepare the city of nearly 12 million for a feared magnitude-7.2 quake that could kill thousands and displace millions.

Monsoon rain kills 8 people in Philippines

2015-07-13 09:30

Torrential monsoon rains have killed at least eight people in the Philippines, the country's disaster relief agency says, and the toll was expected to rise as two tropical storms battered northern Luzon, the main island in the archipelago.

Zim drought: 600 000 cattle at risk, says report

2015-07-07 16:01

Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland North is reportedly faced with a severe drought which might see the province losing at least 600 000 cattle.


Guatemala mudslide: Searchers find dead huddled together

2015-10-06 09:28

Beneath the mud and rock that engulfed the small Guatemalan town of Santa Catarina Pinula last week, search crews have found entire families who died huddled together after they were buried alive.

Little hope of survivors as 87 confirmed dead in Guatemalan mudslide

2015-10-04 18:05

At least 87 people have been confirmed dead in a mudslide on the outskirts of Guatemala City, with the numbers expected to increase as hundreds of people remain missing.

Thousands left homeless by giant Chile quake

2015-09-21 08:43

More than 9 000 people were left homeless after a powerful earthquake hit northern and central Chile last week, officials say, dramatically increasing previous estimates.

Powerful quake off Chile slams waves into coastal towns, five killed

2015-09-17 10:15

A magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck off the coast of Chile, killing at least five people and slamming powerful waves into coastal towns.

Japan in urgent search for missing after deadly floods

2015-09-12 09:02

Japanese authorities were on Friday grappling with the aftermath of massive flooding that killed at least three people, as thousands of rescuers frantically searched a shattered community for almost two dozen still missing.

10 years after Katrina: Optimism amid lingering signs of trauma

2015-08-27 16:40

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, around 1 300 died and 80% of the city was flooded. The scars are still visible, but a decade on the city is doing better than many expected.

The hungry tide: Bay of Bengal's sinking islands

2015-08-07 20:36

Ghoramara island is known as the "sinking island". Located 150km south of Kolkata in the Bay of Bengal's Sunderban delta, the island, once spanning more than 20sq km, has been reduced to an area of merely 5sq km.

Japanese farmer warned nuclear operator of risks in 2004

2015-07-21 18:06

A Japanese farmer says she urged Fukushima power plant executives to implement anti-tsunami measures to mitigate the threat of a major crisis, years before the 2011 catastrophe occurred.

Drought puts North Korean children's lives at risk – Unicef

2015-07-08 10:10

A severe drought in North Korea is putting the lives of children at risk and many are in serious danger of disease and malnutrition, the UN children’s agency says.

6.5 magnititude quake hits west China

2015-07-03 06:06

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake has struck China's far western region of Xinjiang, shaking buildings and sending people out onto the streets.

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