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Stories about Disaster

14 March 2020

New COVID-19 disaster area order places a Jamaican community under quarantine, but ‘not under curfew’

As Jamaica confirms eight cases of COVID-19, the government has activated legislation which expands the authorities' powers in an effort to contain the outbreak.

With no officially confirmed cases, El Salvador locks itself down to prevent COVID-19

"What would Italy give to be in our position?"

11 March 2020

Media coverage of Delhi riots muzzled in India

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On March 6, the Indian government banned two Malayalam news channels for 48 hours for their coverage of the violence in North East Delhi; the decision was reversed the following...

10 March 2020

Churches in Greece and North Macedonia refuse to modify rituals conducive to the spread of COVID-19

The ritual known as the Holy Communion or Eucharist has Orthodox Christian worshippers drinking wine by a shared spoon, while Catholics eat thin slices of bread directly from the hand of...

6 March 2020

Bhutan deals with its first COVID-19 case by temporarily shutting down borders

Bhutan's first positive case of COVID-19, an American tourist who travelled from India, prompted the government to impose a two-weeks-long restriction on all incoming tourists.

28 February 2020

Battered by criticism, Abe government scrambles to save Japan from COVID-19

"Just cancel it!" (#中止だ中止), a line from the 1988 animated film Akira about the cancellation of the fictional Olympics, accompanied by a screenshot of the movie, trended on Japan Twitter.

26 February 2020

‘Delhi is burning': 17 dead and hundreds injured in clashes over anti-citizenship law protests

In North East Delhi, violent clashes between pro and anti-citizenship law protesters have resulted in the death of at least 17 civilians. Over 150 people have been injured.

14 February 2020

Floating classrooms bring education to flooded communities in Bangladesh

Floating schools are providing much-needed primary education to Bangladeshi children who are cut off from schools during monsoon season.

13 February 2020

#OustDuterte trends as Filipinos criticize government's response to the coronavirus

"How to prevent Corona Virus? 1. Proper hygiene 2. Stay indoors as much as possible 3. Use face masks daily 4. #OustDuterte"

12 February 2020

A rash of ‘travel bans’ as the Caribbean gets serious about coronavirus

Several Caribbean territories, including Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Dominica, and Trinidad and Tobago, have imposed travel bans to and from China.

9 February 2020

Australians capture the devastating impact of ‘black summer’ fires on photos

Australian volunteer firefighter: “I go home and hug my kids tight. But they don't know why.”

1 February 2020

Pakistani students under lockdown in Wuhan are appealing for assistance

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, nearly 500 Pakistani students studying in China's Hubei province are under lockdown; their government has not yet decided to bring them back home.

30 January 2020

Peruvians debate road safety and labor regulations after fatal truck explosion

A few days before the extraordinary parliamentary elections in Peru, a disaster generates outrage and solidarity among citizens.

26 January 2020

Citizens from Chinese city on lockdown roar ‘Beijing has abandoned Wuhan!’

Over 11 million residents in Wuhan, China, are now in a state of shock and panic, given the lack of appropriate medical response and credible information regarding the coronavirus epidemic.

19 January 2020

Residents flee as Philippines’ smallest active volcano emits smoke and ash

Over 30,000 are estimated to be affected and displaced from Batangas and Cavite provinces because of the volcanic eruption

15 January 2020

This community library is changing the chaos narrative in Haiti's Cité Soleil

The epitome of the ills that have plagued Haiti for decades, Cité Soleil wants to use its library project as a channel for the larger discourse around national reconstruction.

13 January 2020

Smoke from Australia's fires reached South America

The smoke of Australia's megafires traveled 12,000 kilometers across the Pacific Ocean.

11 January 2020

#AustraliaBurning: Prime Minister's handling of national disaster sparks widespread criticism

"Our country is leaderless & while it burns, instead of being the leader we need & want, Mr "I can't hold a hose" Morrison is having a NYE party."

9 January 2020

Is the Caribbean apocalypse-proof?

Two researchers — who admit "their methodology probably isn't perfect" — suggest island nations are the best places to be in an apocalypse. But will the Global South be welcoming?

31 December 2019

Global Voices quinceañera: How the climate crisis and other disasters affected the Caribbean in 2019

Like other Small Island Developing States, the Caribbean is one of the most vulnerable regions when it comes to the effects of the climate crisis. Part 4 of 5.