ARTICLES RELATING TO NATURAL DISASTERS

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.

Landslides kill 11 in India's Darjeeling

2015-07-01 11:32

Landslides triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 11 people across India's famed tea-growing region of Darjeeling, with more feared trapped under mounds of mud and debris, police say.

Flash floods kill 41 in western India

2015-06-25 15:15

Flash flooding triggered by torrential rains has killed 41 people in India's western Gujarat state, as the annual monsoon season hits the country, a disaster management official says.

Deadly Pakistan heatwave shows signs of easing

2015-06-24 16:14

A deadly heatwave that has killed nearly 700 people in southern Pakistan has showed signs of easing, bringing some respite to the sweltering city of Karachi.

UN agency under scrutiny for bad quality food aid in Nepal

2015-06-22 11:12

A UN agency is under scrutiny after the food aid it distributed to earthquake survivors in Nepal was found to be substandard, authorities say.

Landslides hit 6 villages in Nepal, multiple dead

2015-06-11 09:53

At least 15 people have been killed in landslides in north-eastern Nepal, police say.

 

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.

Countries must deal with health risks of more frequent heatwaves - UN

2015-07-01 18:44

The UN has urged countries to create preparedness systems to counter the health risks of heatwaves, as they become ever more frequent and intense, and dangerous, due to climate change.

Egypt sees sandstorm and earthquake on the same day

2015-06-27 21:29

Egypt faces treacherous weather conditions as a sandstorm blanketed the north of the country and a 5.2 earthquake shook buildings in Cairo.

Pakistan morgues run out of space as heat wave kills 1 000

2015-06-25 13:11

The worst heat wave to hit Pakistan's southern city of Karachi for nearly 35 years has killed more than 1 000 people, a charity says, as morgues ran out of space and public hospitals struggled to cope.

Pakistan declares state of emergency after heatwave kills over 700

2015-06-24 13:00

The government has declared a state of emergency in Karachi, Pakistan's largest southern city, after a heatwave killed more than 700 people there and left thousands fighting for their lives at hospitals.

21 dead, dozens missing as landslide buries Nepal villages

2015-06-11 16:01

A landslide triggered by heavy rainfall has buried at least 21 people and left dozens missing as they were sleeping at night in six villages in Nepal's mountainous northeast.

53 bodies dug up since Nepal quake avalanche

2015-06-08 14:16

Nepali soldiers and police have recovered the bodies of 53 trekkers and villagers buried in avalanches set off by an earthquake in April.

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