Lightning hits Ecuador traffic police

2015-03-28 06:45

A lightning strike has injured 52 people at a training school for traffic police near Quito.

Passengers rescued from trapped bus near Oudtshoorn

2015-03-24 09:32

The occupants of a Greyhound bus who were trapped by floodwaters on a muddy mountain pass near Oudtshoorn overnight have been rescued, according to paramedics.

Vanuatu cyclone death toll revised to 11

2015-03-23 09:57

The death toll from Vanuatu's devastating cyclone has been revised down to 11, according to the UN, which also said contributions to the South Pacific nation's recovery have topped $10m.

Villagers hungry as cyclone destroys Vanuatu crops

2015-03-20 13:21

Since Cyclone Pam destroyed all her family's crops, Eunice Narua has had one source of food for her meals - banana. And in storm-hit Vanuatu there are fears that even homegrown fare will run out within days.

Australian cyclone makes landfall, loses strength

2015-03-20 08:36

A powerful tropical cyclone is losing strength after crossing Australia’s north-east coast, with no immediate reports of injuries.

Lessons to learn from Vanuatu’s devastating cyclone

2015-03-19 10:52

Villagers in Vanuatu have buried food and fresh water, as one of the strongest storms on record bore down on them, fleeing to churches, schools and even coconut drying kilns as 300km/h winds and massive seas tore their flimsy houses to the ground.

Vanuatu cyclone survivors desperate for food, water

2015-03-19 07:49

Relief groups are struggling to get supplies to residents living in Vanuatu's cyclone-ravaged outer islands, as survivors grow desperate for food and water five days after the fierce storm flattened the region.

February was second hottest on record

2015-03-19 06:08

Last month was the second hottest February in modern history,

Pupil killed by lightning during hockey match

2015-03-18 14:38

A 17-year-old school pupil has died after being struck by lightning while running for cover during a thunderstorm in Mpumalanga.

California tightens water regulations amid long drought

2015-03-18 09:33

Water regulators in California have voted to outlaw watering the lawn within 48 hours of a rainstorm, the latest effort to spur Californians to conserve as the state enters its fourth year of drought.


Flooding in Chilean desert region kills 6

2015-03-27 08:48

Flash floods in a normally bone-dry region of northern Chile has killed six people and left 19 missing, officials say, prompting the government to declare a state of emergency and send in the army.

Vanuatu rebuilds after Cyclone Pam

2015-03-23 14:38

The roof from what was once the home of principal Melizabeth Uhi and her staff is now folded over branches high in the trees that border her school. She's now living with two other staff members in the only classroom that's still habitable.

Rains cause flooding in drought-hit Sao Paulo

2015-03-21 16:44

Heavy rains have caused flooding in Sao Paulo, snarling traffic throughout South America's largest city.

Australia boosts Vanuatu cyclone relief effort

2015-03-20 11:03

Australia has sent a heavy lift naval ship to assist in cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu archipelago in the South Pacific where at least 13 have died and thousands have lost their homes.

Vanuatu slams lack of aid co-ordination

2015-03-19 12:25

Vanuatu has hit out at aid groups swarming the cyclone-ravaged Pacific nation over a lack of co-ordination and a loss of ‘precious’ time, while warning food will run out in a week.

Australia's Great Barrier Reef braces for cyclone hit

2015-03-19 09:07

Coastal residents in northern Australia have been urged to prepare for dangerous tidal surges along the Great Barrier Reef and stay indoors when a powerful tropical cyclone hits.

Australia's north battens down for Cyclone Nathan

2015-03-19 06:21

Northeastern Australia battened down Thursday in preparation for a strong cyclone forecast to hit coastal areas north of Cairns, one of the gateways to the Great Barrier Reef.

6 construction workers killed by lightning

2015-03-18 20:49

Six construction workers have died after being struck by lightning on the N8 outside Botshabelo near Bloemfontein.

Food, water rushed to devastated Vanuatu islands

2015-03-18 11:11

Relief workers have rushed to deliver desperately needed food and water to survivors living on Vanuatu's outer islands, after a monstrous cyclone wiped out entire villages and flattened vast swathes.

Rescue teams reach Vanuatu islands, death toll lowered

2015-03-17 12:18

Residents of the main town in the southern Vanuatu island of Tanna appear to have come through the worst of the cyclone that tore through the South Pacific nation with widespread devastation but not the heavy death toll initially feared.

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