State of emergency as super typhoon batters Micronesia

2015-04-01 09:18

An emergency has been declared in the Micronesian state of Chuuk as Super Typhoon Maysak cut a destructive path across the central Pacific leaving at least 5 dead and extensive damage.

Chile: 17 dead after desert floods

2015-03-30 20:13

Chile's government says 17 people have been killed and 20 are still missing after torrential rains caused flooding in a northern desert region.

Deadly Indonesian landslide

2015-03-29 15:28

Six people have been killed and four others missing after a landslide triggered by heavy rain hit Indonesia's main island of Java.

UN officials: Women are key in tackling disaster

2015-03-16 14:13

Women are far more exposed to disasters than men given their frontline roles in the home and in healthcare, the UN says, arguing that improving gender equality is key to saving lives.

Aid effort kicks in after cyclone ravages Vanuatu

2015-03-15 20:03

Aid began arriving in Vanuatu as the tiny Pacific nation struggled to uncover the devastation wrought by what relief workers warned could be of the worst storms to ever hit the region.

Strong quake strikes off west Indonesia

2015-03-03 22:16

A strong earthquake has struck off western Indonesia, but there was no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and no tsunami warning has been issued.

Avalanche rescue operations restart in Afghanistan

2015-02-27 13:29

Rescue teams have restarted operations to find the victims of avalanches in north-eastern Afghanistan as four more bodies were found, officials say.

Dozens feared dead in Afghanistan avalanche

2015-02-25 11:11

An Afghan official says dozens of people are feared dead in an avalanche that buried some 60 homes in the northeastern Panjshir Valley.

Fire Volcano in Guatemala erupts, spewing rock and ash

2015-02-08 12:01

A national disaster preparedness official in Guatemala says the Volcano has exploded, spewing incandescent rock and ash that dusted surrounding communities.

14 killed after tropical storm hits Madagascar

2015-01-19 17:05

Madagascar officials say at least 14 people were killed over the weekend when the island was battered by a tropical storm.


Baby among 15 killed by landslide in Kashmir

2015-03-31 13:36

Emergency workers in Indian Kashmir have recovered 15 bodies including that of a three-week-old baby after a landslide triggered by heavy rains buried several houses.

18 killed in Burundi landslides - Governor

2015-03-30 11:14

Landslides in Burundi have killed at least 18 people with 10 more missing after torrential rains, a local governor says.

Vanuatu hospital struggles as more cyclone victims arrive

2015-03-18 07:52

Doctors at Vanuatu's main hospital have so far treated 150 patients with cyclone-related injuries and illnesses, a news report says, after a powerful cyclone hit the region.

Vanuatu president: Cyclone Pam was a monster

2015-03-16 10:58

Vanuatu's president says that the cyclone that hammered the tiny South Pacific archipelago was a 'monster' that has destroyed or damaged 90% of the buildings in the capital and has forced the nation to start anew.

Flooding in Vanuatu as cyclone hits with maximum strength

2015-03-13 12:42

Tropical Cyclone Pam has triggered flooding along with evacuation orders affecting thousands of people in Vanuatu as it intensified to a maximum-strength storm offshore, officials say.

Flooding in Madagascar kills 14

2015-02-27 14:35

At least 14 people have died in flooding in the Madagascan capital Antananarivo after a night of torrential rain that caused dams to break, rescue services say.

Afghanistan faces humanitarian emergency after avalanche

2015-02-26 12:07

More than 180 people have been killed in north Afghanistan in some of the worst avalanches there for 30 years, officials say, with heavy snow set to last for two more days after an unusually dry winter led to fears of a drought.

6.9-magnitude quake hits Japan, no serious damage yet

2015-02-17 07:42

A strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake has struck north-eastern Japan, with small waves reported along the northern coast, but no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries.

Video: Rescue teams face challenges in Malawi floods

2015-01-20 13:09

Flooding has continued to overwhelm Malawi with rescue teams saying their biggest challenge is to access the most hit areas.

Malawi flood survivors cry out for aid

2015-01-19 17:05

Frantic scenes have greeted a military helicopter as it landed to deliver aid in a village after severe floods left 176 people dead and 200 000 homeless across Malawi.

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