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Stories about Disaster

27 May 2016

‘I Do Not Want Any Children to Develop Cancer Like Me’, a Fukushima Resident Says

An independent filmmaker interviewed a young woman from Fukushima Prefecture, ground zero of the March 2011 nuclear disaster, who has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

21 May 2016

Andacollo, The Chilean City Surrounded by Mine Tailings

Chile, a mining country, has a large number of mine tailing deposits that are potential contamination risks.

19 May 2016

Incessant Rain Triggers Deadly Landslides and Massive Flooding in Sri Lanka

"What a difference a day makes, from a flood selfie to mass burial of 100's in a landslide #SriLanka"

18 May 2016

Filipino Farmers Hit by El Niño Are Protesting and Demanding Food Aid

"We can look for alternative crops to plant. But right now there is simply nothing – just hectares of dust that even weed won’t grow on."

The Oil Spill in the Adriatic Sea Is a Sneak Peek at Looming Natural Disasters

A malfunction at an oil refinery caused an oil spill in the Adriatic Sea off the coast in Croatia last week, wreaking havoc on the local environment and spreading panic.

13 May 2016

Five Things to Know About the Millions of Dead Fish Washing Up on Vietnam's Central Coast

"Clearly they don’t look at us as people, but animals. They want us to die with the fish."

Striking Google Satellite Photos Show Landslide Damage in Japan After Earthquakes

At least 49 people died in collapsed buildings and landslides, and tens of thousands more were evacuated as the result of frequent and violent aftershocks.

9 May 2016

Animals Can't Escape Cambodia's Worst Drought in 50 Years, Either

Water shortages have been declared in 18 of Cambodian's 25 provinces, and more than 2.5 million Cambodians in 100 districts are affected by the drought.

6 May 2016

Environmental Crisis Makes Protesters of Chilean Fisherman on Chiloé Island

The marine phenomenon known as a red tide has killed a wide range of sea species in Chiloé, costing many fishermen their livelihood. They blame the salmon industry.

5 May 2016

How El Niño Is Affecting the Upland Areas of Myanmar

"The lake near our village dried up two months ago. Last year, we were able to use water from there until March."

30 April 2016

Portraits From Nepal: Survivors Struggle to Rebuild a Year After the Deadly Quake

The devastating quake hit on April 25, 2015, killing almost 9,000 people and leaving many thousands homeless.

28 April 2016

Five Years Ago, a Tsunami Devastated Japan. Now a Filmmaker Looks Back.

The Canadian filmmaker Estelle Hebert has produced a one-hour documentary about one village's struggle to revive after a massive tsunami devastated much of Japan on March 11, 2011.

26 April 2016

Xulhaz Mannan, an LGBT Activist in Bangladesh, Is the Latest Victim in a String of Brutal Killings

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Since 2005, at least 23 bloggers and activists have been killed and scores of others attacked or threatened with death for their progressive and secular views.

After Weeks of Scorching Heat, Myanmar Is Hit by the Worst Hailstorm in 50 Years

Strong winds struck Mandalay, Sagaing, and the states of Shan and Chin, while hailstones as big as golf balls rained down on these regions.

Ecuadorians Come Together Online to Help Those Affected by the Earthquake

"Citizens have taken charge of all the organizing and the collaboration, there was no need for Rafael Correa in this country."

23 April 2016

A Feisty 12-Year-Old Shows Us What Life in Nepal Is Like After the Earthquake

Shreesha lost her home in Nepal's 2015 earthquake, but she has managed to stay in school. Now she just needs the other kids to stop taunting her for being homeless.

Japan Battles to Care for 100,000 Kumamoto Residents Displaced By Quake

Hundreds of thousands of people continue to live in the open in Japan following powerful earthquakes, torrential rains, flooding and landslides.

20 April 2016

What Do the IPL Cricket Games Have to Do With India's Drought-Hit Farmers?

As many as 3,228 farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra in 2015; that is almost nine farmers every day.

17 April 2016

Ecuadorians Turn to Social Media as Powerful Earthquake Rattles the Country's Coast

"Some of my students there are in shock, they have no strength, they can't even speak [...] They say Pedernales is destroyed."

16 April 2016

Large Earthquakes Continue to Shatter Japan's Western Island of Kyushu

Even more powerful earthquakes have hit a wide area of Kyushu causing widespread damage, and stoking fears of a volcanic eruption.

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