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Stories about Disaster

17 May 2019

Anti-Muslim attacks stoke tensions and incite fear amongst mourning Sri Lankans

On 12 May Sunday, anti-muslim violence started over a Facebook post by a Muslim trader in coastal Chilaw town in Puttalam District, North Western Province of Sri Lanka.

7 May 2019

The Brumadinho dam tragedy in Brazil has caused alarm in São Paulo, a state with over 7,000 dams

A district in the city of São Paulo adjacent to two dams urges authorities to draw a contingency plan.

1 May 2019

White flags: Sri Lankans in mourning

Sri Lankans are still coming to terms with the death of hundreds during the terrorist attacks on April 21, 2019. The colour white is used to symbolise mourning in Sri...

21 April 2019

A series of bomb attacks on churches and hotels spark terror in Sri Lanka

Hundreds were killed and injured in a series of planned explosions in Sri Lanka. A twelve-hour islandwide curfew was declared by the government while social media sites were restricted.

5 April 2019

Netizen Report: As water levels rise, Iran’s ban on messaging apps is slowing emergency relief for flood victims

Advox

Iranians ask for censorship pause in face of fatal floods, Indians suspect Facebook of election meddling and Australia tries to ban violent videos.

30 March 2019

Back-to-back fires in Dhaka trigger concerns over regulation and safety in Bangladesh

Fire remains a persistent safety concern for Bangladesh, especially in Dhaka, the most densely populated city on earth. Agencies trying to change the status quo face an uphill battle.

25 March 2019

Cyclone Idai almost completely submerged Beira, a city of 500,000 residents in Mozambique

Conversations for a Better World

The number of deaths officially confirmed in Mozambique exceeds 200, and more than 350,000 people are in a “state of constant risk."

20 March 2019

Tropical Cyclone Idai: Animal rescues overlooked in this climate disaster

The cyclone's devastation did not discriminate. Animal activists encourage citizens to remember not to leave animals behind during rescue operations and remember to look for injured, distressed animals.

18 March 2019

Caribbean Airlines doesn't fly Boeing's 737 MAX, but travellers are still asking questions

The aircraft's Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) has a sensor designed to detect when the plane stalls, and automatically pushes the nose down to get airflow back over the wing.

Cyclone leaves trail of devastation in Zimbabwe and throughout Southern Africa

"Sadly, lives have been lost and properties destroyed."

16 March 2019

Hundreds gather in Nigeria to mourn professor Pius Adesanmi: ‘A juggernaut of African thought’

"A thousand years from now, I am hoping that fragments of my writing survive: not all accepted to live as slaves of the most irresponsible rulers of their era."

13 March 2019

Sudan's youth activists want you to pay attention to deforestation in Darfur

Sudan’s complex political situation and rapidly degrading climate have intensified the daily struggle for Sudanese people.

12 March 2019

Nigerians grieve the death of Pius Adesanmi, postcolonial scholar and public intellectual

"A towering intellectual with a mind that cut through issues like a scalpel who still remained curious about the issues of a younger would-be thinker ..."

8 March 2019

Blackout in Venezuela: How long will it last?

For nearly a day's time, most of Venezuela has been without electricity.

19 February 2019

Three babies die from measles in Macedonia outbreak. Is anti-vax propaganda responsible?

Macedonia has one of the lowest rates for measles vaccination in Europe, according to the World Health Organization.

7 February 2019

Australia remembers Black Saturday on the 10th anniversary of catastrophic bushfires

"Ten entire years, and I still don’t think one single day has passed without me mentioning – or at least thinking about – the fires"

30 January 2019

Mining disaster in Brazil shows that Bolsonaro's pledge to loosen up sector regulation is totally insane

On his inauguration, Bolsonaro criticized the mining regulators and vowed to loosen up the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

29 January 2019

Displaced farmers’ coalition reclaims their road to sustainable livelihoods 9 years after Haiti’s devastating earthquake

"We had nothing to fall back on, nothing to sell at the market. [...] What we suffered through the most was the loss of our dignity."

16 January 2019

Syrian refugees in Lebanon face brutal snow storms and inhumane conditions at camps

"People are sick. Everywhere there is water. We cannot sleep at night. All night we sit and watch the kids and we cannot do anything for them."

14 January 2019

A community newspaper won't let Brazil forget its worst environmental disaster

The newspaper was born out of a workshop with a local photo agency, where survivors raised concerns about the way Brazil's mainstream media was telling their stories.

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