natural disasters

Hurricane Matthew Kills Almost 900 in Haiti Before Hitting U.S.

By Joseph Guyler Delva and Scott Malone PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti/DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct 8 – Hurricane Matthew killed almost 900 people and left tens of thousands homeless in Haiti earlier this week before plowing northward on Saturday over waters just off the U.S. southeast where it caused flooding and widespread power outages. The number of deaths

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Don’t Count On Technology to Save You in a Disaster

By Megan Rowling BARCELONA, Aug 25  – Newfound enthusiasm for the latest technologies, such as drones and smartphones, to improve the way aid is provided to people in disasters may be overblown, experts warned on Thursday. The annual World Risk Report from the United Nations University (UNU) highlights the growing interest in new technologies to

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War, Disasters Disrupt Education of 80 Million Children

By Alex Whiting LONDON, March 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – At least 80 million children living in areas affected by war or natural disaster had their education disrupted last year, leaving them prey to child labour, trafficking and extremism, experts said on Thursday. Many humanitarian aid appeals for 2015 ignored education, and aid appeals for

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Extreme Floods Leave Hundreds Dead and Thousands Stranded in Chennai, India

By Devika Krishna Kumar CHENNAI, India, Dec 3 (Reuters) – The Indian military struggled to evacuate thousands of residents stranded in the southern state of Tamil Nadu on Thursday as the death toll from flooding rose to 269 after the heaviest cloudburst in over a century. Predictions of incessant rainfall by the weather office meant

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Rescue Workers Pull Out 100 Bodies From Myanmar Landslide

By Aung Hla Tun YANGON, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Nearly 100 bodies have been pulled from a landslide near a jade mine in Myanmar’s northern Kachin State, local officials said on Sunday, and hopes are dwindling that any of an estimated 100 people missing will be found alive. The landslide happened when a mountain of

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