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· September, 2015

Stories about Disaster from September, 2015

27 September 2015

Consumers and Activists Take Action in Singapore to Stop Haze Pollution

"As consumers, we can contribute towards our collective fight against haze pollution by making informed and responsible purchases."

23 September 2015

Drowned Syrian Boy Awakens Peruvians to Their Own Dying Children

A photo of a drowned Syrian boy has generated international sympathy, while images of children freezing in the Peruvian Andes have provoked a different response.

19 September 2015

Dying for a Drink? This New Web Series About São Paulo's Drought Might Be for You

From the politics behind São Paulo's water management to the illusion of water as a limitless resource, this Web series presents the dire predicament of Brazil's largest city.

18 September 2015

Photos Show How Badly the Haze Is Affecting Southeast Asia

As a forest fire sends a thick haze above Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, face masks have become the fashion du jour for those venturing outdoors.

15 September 2015

Saudi King Pays a Short Visit to an Iranian Victim of the Mecca Crane Incident

Saudi King Salman visits an Iranian victim of the Mecca crane accident, which killed 107 pilgrims on Friday. Some say it is a PR exercise while others praise Salman

As Japan's Largest Volcano Erupts, Tourists Upload Snapshots to Instagram

Japan's largest volcano erupted unexpectedly on Monday, September 14. Tourists captured the spectacle on Instagram.

13 September 2015

Remembering the Great Fire of Smyrna, 93 Years Ago

The Smyrna Catastrophe is widely considered the worst incident of modern Greek history, and the plight of the refugees halted the Greco-Turkish relations for many decades.

Haze Returns to Southeast Asia as Indonesia's Forest Fires Reach Critical Level

Smoke from forest fires in Indonesia has led to hazy skies in Malaysia and Singapore as well. Social media users reacted with concerns about health and jokes about "Haze Runner."

12 September 2015

Sudden, Massive Flooding Near Tokyo Catches Japan Off-Guard

The sheer scale of the flooding was surprising, and was reminiscent of the devastation caused by the massive tsunami that struck northeastern Japan in March, 2011.

Multi-Billion Construction Work Kills 107 Pilgrims in Mecca Just Weeks Before Hajj

A construction crane collapse that took the lives of over a hundred Mecca pilgrims right before the Hajj is raising questions about the grand expansion plans for the Mosque.

11 September 2015

Many Japanese Surprised Their Country Accepts Very Few Refugees

"Anyone who supports parliamentary democracy based on a constitution should never ignore the plight of refugees."

7 September 2015

For Animals and Their Humans, Love Speeds the Post-Quake Recovery in Nepal

From the outside, it’s easy to reduce livestock to economics, and that’s certainly one aspect of their existence. But they’re also members of the family.

6 September 2015

The Day Dhaka Went Under Water

Heavy rains in Dhaka have caused massive traffic jams and water damage, disrupting the lives of thousands of citizens. On social media, people blamed climate change and poor waste management.

1 September 2015

Dominica Rallies in Aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika

In the wake of Tropical Storm Erika, Dominica has a mammoth reconstruction task ahead, as it strives to reclaim its reputation as the "Nature Isle" of the Caribbean.