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4 homes razed as Aussie crews battle bushfires

2014-12-18 09:21

Four homes were destroyed as Australian firefighters struggled to bring three major blazes under control in Victoria state, with high temperatures and gusty winds threatening to worsen conditions Thursday.

Rescuers hunt for survivors in deadly Indonesian landslide

2014-12-14 07:39

Rescuers searching for more than 80 people missing after a landslide in Indonesia have deployed bulldozers and excavators to battle their way through roads strewn with debris.

Philippine typhoon weakens after landfall

2014-12-07 08:30

Typhoon Hagupit knocked out power in entire coastal provinces, mowed down trees and sent more than 650 000 people into shelters, but no major damage or casualties have been reported as the storm weakened.

Storm cuts power, lifts roofs in Australian city

2014-11-28 10:03

Australian city of Brisbane lashed by worst storm in decades, cutting power, flooding streets

Disaster-prone Philippines wants simpler weather warnings

2014-11-26 12:56

The Philippines will simplify its weather warnings to make them easier to understand in order to prevent the annual loss of hundreds of lives from natural calamities.

Sri Lanka calls off search for bodies at landslide site

2014-11-10 10:17

Sri Lanka has called off search operations for the bodies of those killed in a landslide in the central part of the country, minister of disaster management Mahinda Amaraweera says.

Sniffer dogs join search in Sri Lanka mudslide

2014-10-31 10:50

Sniffer dogs have been brought in to join the search for bodies at a tea plantation in Sri Lanka, after a major mudslide buried alive scores of people.

Chaos as 100s feared dead in Sri Lanka mudslide

2014-10-30 08:26

A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka has raised fears that hundreds may have been killed, with government officials reporting different figures.

Powerful storm churns towards Hawaii

2014-10-17 17:24

Hawaii is bracing for heavy rains and potentially damaging winds of up to 80km/h as Tropical Storm Ana heads towards the island.

Hunt for 100 trappers in Nepal continues

2014-10-16 12:32

Nepalese rescuers are scouring Himalayan hiking routes for more than 100 trekkers who have been out of contact since a snowstorm and avalanche hit the area.

Death toll from Cyclone Hudhud rises

2014-10-14 16:07

The death toll from Cyclone Hudhud has risen to at least 27, mostly from collapsing homes and trees, Indian officials and news reports say.

Bermuda faces tropical storm

2014-10-11 20:51

Tropical Storm Fay is bearing down on Bermuda and the weather centre predicts up to 10cm of rain in some areas.

Kashmiris want India border opened for flood relief

2014-09-22 22:28

Pakistan-controlled Kashmir's parliament has called upon India to open the de facto border separating the two sides to allow rescue officials to reach residents hit by devastating floods.

Philippines storm toll rises to 10

2014-09-21 10:22

The death toll from tropical storm Fung-Wong has risen to 10 in the Philippines, with nearly 200 000 people displaced.

Typhoon Kalmaegi blows out of Philippines

2014-09-15 13:41

A fast-moving typhoon has moved out of the northern Philippines after causing flash floods and landslides. Three people have been killed when big waves and strong winds sank a stalled ferry.

Hundreds of thousands still stranded by Kashmir floods

2014-09-13 16:15

Rescuers have struggled to reach more than 200 000 people still stranded in Indian Kashmir as deadly floodwaters receded, revealing horrific devastation, officials say.

Troops work to rescue stranded people in Kashmir

2014-09-09 16:18

Indian troops have stepped up rescue work as the rain held off in Jammu and Kashmir state, but thousands were stranded in the worst floods in the region for 60 years.

Heavy monsoon rains kill 110 in Pakistan

2014-09-06 08:03

A government official in Pakistan says 110 people have been killed across the country in heavy monsoon downpours and flooding as more rain is forecast for the coming days.

Iceland issues red alert after new eruption

2014-08-31 20:49

Iceland has raised the aviation alert at its largest volcano, Bardarbunga, to maximum level red following a new eruption in a lava field nearby.

More quakes jolt Iceland overnight

2014-08-27 16:03

Two earthquakes measuring more than magnitude 5 hit Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano overnight and another quake shook a nearby volcano, with overall seismic activity staying high.

CGS identifying SA quake hotspots

2014-08-25 14:43

The Council for Geoscience is busy identifying earthquake hotspots in South Africa's urban areas, it says.

Strong California earthquake causes injuries

2014-08-24 17:30

A large earthquake has rolled through California's northern Bay Area, damaging some buildings, igniting fires, knocking out power and sending residents running out of their homes.

Japan landslide buries homes, at least 27 dead

2014-08-20 09:26

A huge landslide that engulfed homes in western Japan has killed at least 27 people and left another 10 missing, the government says.

Nepal flood kills 101, fears of disease rise

2014-08-18 09:10

Nepalese authorities attempting to reach thousands of people stranded by flooding fear an outbreak of diseases from the disaster that has already killed 101 people.

Landslides kill 10 in Nepal monsoon

2014-08-15 14:37

Multiple landslides triggered by monsoon rains have left at least 10 people dead in Nepal and caused a major bridge along a national highway to cave in, officials said Friday.

 

4 die as homes collapse in Morocco storms

2014-12-15 14:23

Four people have died in a house that collapsed as new storms swept across Morocco, a month after flooding killed nearly 50, the authorities say.

Magnitude 6.1 quake hits off Taiwan

2014-12-11 07:50

A strong, 6.1-magnitude earthquake has struck northeast off the island of Taiwan, the US Geological Survey said.

Man locates father's body a decade after Thailand tsunami

2014-11-28 17:30

A Nepalese man has identified his father's remains in Thailand 10 years after he died during the Indian Ocean tsunami.

One dead, three missing in French floods

2014-11-28 07:24

A woman has died and three other people were missing after a heavy storm triggered flash flooding in southeastern France, the government says.

Dozens take refuge from Japan quake aftershocks

2014-11-24 12:14

Dozens of villagers have remained in shelters, as aftershocks rattled a region in central Japan hit by a weekend earthquake that injured at least 41 people and destroyed more than 50 homes.

US weather forecaster reduces El Niño outlook

2014-11-06 20:48

The US weather forecaster has projected a 58% chance of El Niño developing during the Northern Hemisphere winter, reducing its outlook for the likelihood of the weather phenomenon.

No hope of finding mudslide survivors in Sri Lanka

2014-10-30 11:24

There is no hope of finding survivors after a mudslide tore through a tea plantation, a Sri Lankan disaster official says, amid widely conflicting reports about how many people had been buried alive.

Nepal calls off search after Himalayan snowstorm

2014-10-22 17:20

Nepal has called off a search for any more survivors of a Himalayan snowstorm that claimed some 43 lives, after more than a week of scouring the popular trekking region.

Powerful hurricane nears Bermuda

2014-10-17 09:53

Residents in Hamilton have been urged to move to higher ground as the powerful Hurricane Gonzalo bore down on the island.

Snowstorm in Himalayas kills 17 on trekking trips

2014-10-15 16:43

A snowstorm and avalanche in Nepal's Himalayas has killed 17 trekkers and guides on a popular hiking route, while more than 100 others remain out of contact, officials say.

2 dead, one missing in Japan typhoon

2014-10-14 13:06

Two men have been killed and another remains missing after Typhoon Vongfong smashed through Japan, leaving the country reeling.

Floods kill at least 55 in northeast India

2014-09-24 16:31

At least 55 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced in flash floods and mudslides in India's northeast after days of heavy rain.

Heavy rains trigger landslides in northeast India

2014-09-22 14:46

Heavy rains in parts of northeastern India triggered landslides and flash floods, killing at least seven people, officials say.

22 million displaced by disasters in 2013

2014-09-17 22:09

The number of people displaced by natural disasters have quadrupled from 1970-2013 largely due to urbanisation, and the trend will be aggravated by climate change, a report says.

Odile now a hurricane in Pacific off Mexico

2014-09-13 22:30

Odile has reached hurricane strength as it swirled in the Pacific off the southwestern coast of Mexico.

India-Pakistan flood victims pack relief centres

2014-09-09 16:18

Bewildered families, nursing children and clutching meagre belongings, packed into makeshift relief centres after fleeing floods in India and Pakistan that have now claimed more than 400 lives.

Thousands trapped in deadly Indian floods

2014-09-07 22:49

Soldiers were battling to rescue thousands trapped by Indian Kashmir's worst flooding, which has killed at least 150 people and left the main city of Srinagar under water.

Heavy monsoon rains kill 30 in Pakistan

2014-09-04 14:47

More than 30 people have been killed as a result of heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan, officials say, as authorities warned more intense rainfall and flash floods could be imminent.

Rescuers seek survivors of China landslide

2014-08-29 10:04

Hundreds of rescuers are hunting for survivors of a massive landslide in southwestern China that killed at least 14 people.

Japan landslides death toll hits 70

2014-08-27 09:38

A week after huge landslides swamped the Japanese city of Hiroshima, the confirmed death toll from the tragedy hit 70, with 18 people still missing.

Wildfire near Yosemite sparks 13 000 evacuations

2014-08-20 12:01

Californian authorities say they have issued more than 13 000 evacuation orders near Yosemite National Park due to a wildfire encroaching on the US tourist attraction.

Japan volcanic isle may collapse, create tsunami

2014-08-19 14:21

An erupting volcanic island that is expanding off Japan could trigger a tsunami if its freshly-formed lava slopes collapse into the sea.

Landslides, floods kill 109 in Nepal, India

2014-08-16 18:58

The death toll from landslides and flooding triggered by torrential monsoon rains in Nepal and northern India has climbed to at least 109.

Karina strengthens into hurricane of Mexico

2014-08-15 11:44

A storm far off the west coast of Mexico has strengthened into the sixth hurricane of the Pacific season, US forecasters warn.

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