2017 the costliest year on record for natural disasters

2018-11-03 11:28

2017 has been flagged as the costliest year on record for natural disasters, according to international insurer Aon Benfield's latest Weather, Climate and Catastrophe Insight Report.

Hard-hit Indonesian city buries its dead as toll tops 840

2018-10-01 20:57

Burials begin in a mass grave dug in a hard-hit Indonesia city as desperation grows for survivors still trapped or lacking food and other supplies three days after earthquake and tsunami.

Life-saving facts that could help in almost any natural disaster, from fires to hurricanes

2018-09-06 09:08

2017 was a record-breaking year for natural disasters, but only three in 10 Americans say they have an emergency preparedness kit.

WATCH: Greece fire death toll rises to 93 as two more die in hospital

2018-08-09 20:47

The death toll from Greece's deadliest fire disaster has risen to 93 after two more people died in hospital.

WATCH: NASA unveils programme aimed at preventing asteroid apocalypse

2018-06-22 21:08

The Trump Administration now wants to enhance those efforts to detect and track potential planet killers.

Hurricane Maria killed 4 500 in Puerto Rico, 70 times official toll - study

2018-05-29 21:48

Hurricane Maria, which pummeled Puerto Rico in September 2017, is likely responsible for the deaths of more than 4 600 people, some 70 times higher than official estimates, say researchers.

Mobile phones help transform disaster relief

2018-03-03 11:00

Mobile phones are helping transform how relief agencies respond to humanitarian crises by enabling them to pin point where aid is needed most after hurricanes, earthquakes and other disasters.

WATCH: 17 dead and 300 homes damaged in California mudslides

Rescue crews searched grimy debris and ruins for more than a dozen people missing, after mudslides in Southern California destroyed an estimated 100 houses, swept cars to the beach and left at least 17 victims dead. Watch.

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Greece in mourning as several still missing after flood

2017-11-16 19:37

Greece is in in mourning as rescue crews tried to locate several people missing in a flood that killed 16 people near the capital.

Rain, winds help tame wildfires in Spain, Portugal

2017-10-17 20:13

Rain and winds have helped firefighters tame wildfires that devoured homes and people in their cars, leaving 41 dead in Portugal with four also killed in blazes in Spain.


27 dead in floods, landslides on Indonesia's Sumatra island

2018-10-13 17:54

Torrential rains have triggered flash floods and landslides on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing at least 27 people, mostly children at a school.

Tsunami sweeps away homes on Indonesian island of Sulawesi

2018-09-28 22:25

A powerful earthquake has rocked the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and triggered a 3m-tall tsunami that swept away houses in at least two cities.

Once-powerful Hawaii hurricane downgraded to tropical storm

2018-08-25 18:24

A powerful hurricane that threatened Hawaii for a week is weakening and is now a tropical storm.

SA actress recalls Bali quake: 'The possibility of a tsunami freaked me out'

2018-08-06 18:18

South African actress Odelle de Wet has told News24 from Bali that the possibility of a tsunami following a Southeast Asian earthquake "freaked me out a little bit".

Hawaii lava evacuee recounts neighborhood shooting near flow

2018-06-10 07:04

A woman who evacuated her Hawaii home because of an erupting volcano says she filmed an angry neighbor shooting at a man near a lava flow.

Cyclone Mekunu pounds Yemen island on its path to Oman

2018-05-24 22:15

Yemeni island of Socotra pounded by Cyclone Mekunu, on a path to strike Oman this weekend.

WATCH: Taiwan 6.4 magnitude earthquake kills 10 and injures 225 people

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the city of Hualien on Taiwan’s east coast. This is not the first time Taiwan has been struck by an earthquake. In 2016, an earthquake of the same magnitude, killed over 100 people. Watch.

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Global disaster costs soar in 2017: Swiss Re

2017-12-20 18:51

Total economic losses from natural and man-made disasters soared by 63% to strike an estimated $306bn in 2017, reinsurance firm Swiss Re says.

California asks for $7.4bn for wildfire rebuilding

2017-11-06 08:25

California Governor Jerry Brown and lawmakers have asked the US government for $7.4 billion to help rebuild after a cluster of deadly fires tore through the state.

Mexico quake toll 361, 8 still missing

2017-10-02 12:23

The death toll from Mexico's magnitude 7.1 earthquake has risen to 361 after another casualty was confirmed in the capital.

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