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Stories about Disaster

12 January 2018

Post-Earthquake Tsunami Scare in the Caribbean Region Highlights a Shaky Range of Preparedness

"I want to know, now what? How will these alerts be communicated to the citizenry that's not on Social Media? This is quite sobering I tell you."

31 December 2017

If You Spent 2017 in the Caribbean, This Was The Kind of Year You Had

2017 was a bit like a rollercoaster for the Caribbean archipelago, complete with incredible highs and stomach-churning lows.

30 December 2017

Survivors of a Deadly Mall Fire in the Philippines Share Harrowing Testimonies on Social Media

"Simultaneously, the lights went out. There was no electricity. It was dark, people started screaming. Smoke was starting to cover us. I maintained composure..."

27 December 2017

Bleak Christmas in Oil-Rich Nigeria as Fuel Scarcity Disrupts Holiday Commute Home

Christmas frenzy ground to a halt in Nigeria as Nigerians were unable to power their vehicles and businesses.

25 December 2017

Photos: Days Before Christmas, Tropical Storm Tembin Batters Southern Philippine Island of Mindanao

"Let’s also include in our prayers the families residing in Pagalungan, North Cotabato who are affected...they don’t have their evacuation center and as of the moment, no relief goods..."

20 December 2017

Tropical Storm Unleashes Deadly Destruction on Philippines Four Years After Super Typhoon Haiyan

"We would never have thought the storm would cause evacuation-efforts spanning three regions or paralyzed the economy of close to three provinces in Eastern Visayas."

11 December 2017

A Local Newspaper's Full-Page Feature on Nuclear Radiation Survival Stirs Panic in China

"The whole page feature on nuclear radiation precaution is believed to be a reaction to the risk of warfare in the Korean peninsula."

5 December 2017

Animal Carcasses, Tires, and Medical Waste: A New Report Highlights Health Risks of Lebanon's Trash Crisis

"When they burn we can’t breathe […] We’ve had to go to the hospital because of this."

24 November 2017

An Affordable University Education Is at Risk in Post-Hurricane Puerto Rico

"The government and the university's administration have more than the necessary excuses to continue the privatization of the UPR and the access of education"

22 November 2017

Morocco's Deadly Stampede Tragedy Incites Anger and Criticism

"How many dramas still remind us that beyond the beautiful forums, highways, and malls, this is the Moroccan reality above all that?"

20 November 2017

Glimpses of Hope as Dominica Rebuilds After Hurricane Maria

"You will see the drastic difference in how the landscape changed after the storm [...] I’m planning future timelapse films, to hopefully showcase the return of our lush, green landscapes."

Japanese Students Practice Taking Cover for Missiles Passing Overhead. But What About a Direct Attack?

Students took part in a drill in preparation for a missile attack. But there are no hints about what to do in the aftermath.

19 November 2017

As Critiques of UN Peacekeeping Missions Grow, Africa Seeks Peace on its own Terms

UN troops on the ground have kept many countries in conflict from falling into total disarray. Yet, Africa seeks strategies to secure peace and stability on its own terms.

16 November 2017

With a Little Help From Humans, the Caribbean's Birds Are Attempting a Post-Hurricane Comeback

Wildlife suffers from the effects of natural disasters too, and after the tough 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, conservationists across the Caribbean are helping bird populations to be resilient.

15 November 2017

Women Die in Childbirth in Rural India, Where Hospitals Lack Doctors

Doctors refuse job postings to a small village in a border district of West Bengal even as people suffer due to lack of medical services.

11 November 2017

Toxic Smog in New Delhi Leaves Residents Coughing and Demanding Action

“I have been coughing for over a month, and it is only [recently] I realized that it’s because of the pollution. But no one is doing anything about it.”

8 November 2017

A One-Two Punch of Natural Disasters in Cuba’s Camagüey

Hurricanes go, but in Camagüey the victims stay. Irma was the final blow after the tornado that battered them on 29 August 2017.

1 November 2017

Activist Faces Imprisonment For His Book Criticizing The Indian River Inter-Linking Project

"Sedition case for writing against river linking! This is a most financially, socially, environmentally disastrous idea."

30 October 2017

The Portuguese People Want Justice for Victims of Fires That Ravaged Their Country This Year

According to the European Forest Fire Information System, around 500,000 hectares of forest have burned in 2017 alone – an area roughly twice the size the district of Lisbon.

27 October 2017

In Trinidad & Tobago, It's No ‘Small Thing’ How People Rallied After Flooding

While most people had "no words" to describe the damage caused by days of flooding, the deputy head of the country's disaster agency called the situation "a small thing".

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