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Stories about Disaster

18 April 2017

A Collaborative Project Maps the World’s Vulnerable Communities Before Disaster Strikes

Rising Voices

The Missing Maps project combines the work of volunteers contributing remotely, on-the-ground community leaders, and humanitarian organizations.

Sri Lanka's Tragic and Totally Avoidable Disaster

Years ago, officials planned to decommission the Meethotamulla garbage dump and convert it into a “beautiful place.” But it never happened and now locals find themselves confronting their worst fears.

3 April 2017

Six Years On: How Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate Are Recovering From the Tsunami

The report includes statistics from Japan's Reconstruction Ministry as well as surveys of evacuees themselves to provide a local perspective on efforts to recover from the 2011 "triple disaster."

19 March 2017

Peruvians Find Strength in Surviving a Merciless March

Since early March, several cities in Peru have struggled with a seemingly endless wave of heavy rains, floods, landslides, road closures, and lately school closures.

16 March 2017

The Amazing, Endearing PSAs of the Belarusian Ministry of Emergencies

RuNet Echo

The Belarusian ministry in charge of managing disasters and national emergencies has produced a cartoon show. The series features animals in Looney-Toons-style misadventures, and teaches children how to stay safe.

Guatemala Mourns Dozens of Girls at a Children’s Shelter Left to Die in a Fire

“The girls rebelled and set fire to their mattresses so they would be allowed out of their rooms.” But they weren't.

15 February 2017

Mystery Oil-Like Substance Pollutes Macedonia and Albania's Lake Ohrid

It's just one of a long list of threats to Europe's oldest lake that are putting its World Heritage designation in jeopardy.

6 February 2017

Forest Fires in Chile Set Alight Debate, Conflict and Misinformation

"Who is to blame for the fire, according to Twitter: foreigners, the Mapuche people, ISIS, Pinochet, the State, businesses, the USA."

19 January 2017

Many Feared Dead After High-Rise Mall in Tehran Collapses Following Fire

"Memories of buying special clothes and fish, now it has all collapsed"

17 January 2017

Day of Mourning in Kyrgyzstan After Cargo Plane Crashes, Killing Dozens

The dead are mostly local Kyrgyz from a nearby village, and some of the stories are harrowing.

15 January 2017

Mindless Deforestation in Jharkhand, India in the Name of Development

One activist suggests that local officials sell the fallen trees -- many of them centuries-old -- to the timber industry for a profit.

28 December 2016

Myanmar's Most Memorable Moments in 2016

As 2016 comes to an end, The Irrawaddy showcases the best photographs that capture Myanmar’s most iconic moments.

27 December 2016

Empathy Was All Around in 2016 for the French-Speaking World, Too

It would be a shame to ignore 2016's less publicized, but still important events, so here goes our look back at the good stuff this year in the French-speaking world.

26 December 2016

Ex-Yugoslavs Mourn Vesna Vulović, Flight Attendant Who Survived Highest Ever Fall Without a Parachute

"Vesna Vulović survived a fall from 10,000 meters, but could not survive the year of 2016. :("

24 December 2016

‘Like an Air Raid’ — Stunning Photos of a Japanese Town Consumed By Fire

Outside of natural disasters, the fire in Itoigawa -- likely caused by a ramen shop kitchen mishap -- was Japan's worst in 20 years.

11 December 2016

Bulgarians React Quickly in Solidarity Response to Hitrino Train Tragedy

At least seven people were killed in the blast that followed a rail accident in one of the country's most impoverished regions.

8 December 2016

Calls for ‘All Hands on Deck’ as Caribbean Islands Recover From Devastating Rains

"It is ridiculous my country still does not fully appreciate the need for disaster research and local research support."

5 December 2016

Chapecoense Club Tragedy Brings Back Memories of Plane Crash with Peruvian Football Team, Alianza Lima

In the wake of the plane crash involving members of the Brazilian football club Chapecoense, Peruvian fans remember what happened to Alianza Lima football club in December 1987.

21 November 2016

Japanese Social Media Panic After Psychic ‘Predicts’ Massive Earthquake

"Matsubara Teruko, who predicted the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, is the perfect example of the saying 'even a stopped clock is right twice a day.' Trust her predictions accordingly."

15 November 2016

UN Chiefs Chat Trump, Climate Change, Migration, and Water with Global Voices

Work tackling some of the world's most pressing issues should continue, regardless of the new US president-elect's positions on them.

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