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Stories about Disaster

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.

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. :("

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."

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.

10 November 2016

After Three Years, Thousands of Haiyan Survivors in the Philippines Are Still Homeless

"Instead of lightning fast assistance to the survivors, they were made to wait, even to beg for their survival."

22 October 2016

Who Has the Right to Tell a Country’s Story?

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is not possible to tell the truth about Cuba from only one viewpoint, or from unanimous viewpoints that are the equivalent of one."

15 October 2016

Devastation of Hurricane Matthew Renews Talk of French Reparations to Haiti

As bloggers urge people to "help Haitians, not the disaster capitalists" post-Hurricane Matthew, discussions about the need for France to pay reparations are -- once again -- front and centre.

12 October 2016

Surrounded by Piles of Trash, These Two Classical Musicians Played Bach in Protest

The concert took place in Tetovo, the largest city in western Macedonia, and one of the most polluted cities in Europe.

Blinded, Married, and Turned Loose in the Ring: Three Stories of Girls in Modern-Day India

Global Voices reviews a few stories covered by the Video Volunteers community's citizen journalists, showing how girls in India face and cope with various gender-related challenges.

4 October 2016

Six Months After Massive Fish Kill in Central Vietnam, Thousands Protest Lack of Aid

"We know this regime won’t offer us justice. Nor do they represent the interests of the victims. (But) if the people don't speak out, no one will feel the pressure."

28 September 2016

Puerto Rican Unity, a Bright Spot in the Darkness of an Archipelago-Wide Blackout

The blackout meant hardship for Puerto Ricans, but it also brought out the best qualities of many.

25 September 2016

Need the Latest News on Flooding? In Jakarta, There's an App for That.

In a “living laboratory for disaster,” a social media app is helping Jakartans improve upon the government's response to frequent flooding.

23 September 2016

Drone Video Exposes Illegal Burning of Land on Palm Oil Plantations in Indonesia

A drone video has captured the extent of land clearing in western Indonesia, which has caused a cloud of haze to descend in the region and in nearby countries.

21 September 2016

One Australian Nurse's Stirring Response to the Refugee Crisis

"I have learnt that not everyone is as caring; that the term ‘refugee’ is a dirty label that strips people of their identity."

Theatre Helps Heal Wounds After Ecuador's Devastating Earthquake

Ecuadorians have found a way to heal from the damage caused by the strongest earthquake in the country's history: art, laughter, and solidarity.

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