Written by Carol Garrison, Special Field Reporter, DisasterRelief.org
At least one person died and more than 2,500 families were affected when Cyclone Ivy tore through Vanuatu on Feb. 26, pummeling the South Pacific Island chain with winds of up to 120 miles per hour.
Written by Bonnie Gillespie , Staff Writer, DisasterRelief.org
Battered by a series of tropical storms and saturated with the heaviest rainfall in years, Mexico was deluged by floodwaters in September and is still struggling to clean up after months of wicked weather.
The most powerful typhoon ever to strike South Korea claimed more than 100 lives and left 25,000 homeless when it roared ashore over the weekend, leveling buildings, tossing giant cranes and triggering widespread flooding.
Heavy rains in the highlands of Ethiopia and Eritrea during recent weeks have inundated Sudan's seasonal waterways and rivers, sending floodwaters roaring into homes, businesses and farmland in the worst floods to strike the nation this century.
Written by Bonnie Gillespie, Staff Writer, DisasterRelief.org
One of the most powerful typhoons in years ripped into southern China Thursday (July 24) after claiming 21 lives in the Philippines and injuring hundreds across its path.
Widespread flooding is nothing new to disaster-prone China. Every year, deluges are reported in the country's southern, central and northern provinces and humanitarian agencies race to provide assistance to, as in last year's case, millions of affected residents. This year, though, heavy rains already bearing down on China could bring a new threat - the spread of SARS.
Described by Argentine President Eduardo Duhalde as a "national catastrophe," extensive flooding has deluged the South American country's northern Santa Fe province, killing 11 people and forcing the evacuation of more than 120,000 others.
A powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked southeastern Turkey on Thursday (May 1), leveling dozens of homes and buildings. Local officials in Bingol, where the quake was centered, reported that an estimated 150 people were killed and up to 400 others injured, but warned the death toll could escalate as rescue efforts continued.
Thousands of people have fled a town in the Republic of Congo from fear of contracting the Ebola virus, which has killed more than 80 people in the last two months.
By Jasmina Petrovic in Qungkunchack
and France Hurtubise in Beijing
Rescue and relief operations gained momentum in China's Xinjiang province on Tuesday (Feb. 25), even as aftershocks continued to rattle the region devastated by Monday's powerful earthquake.
Recovery and relief operations are underway
in northwest China after a powerful quake rocked the Xinjiang province
on Monday (Feb. 24). Local and state authorities have confirmed that at
least 250 people were killed and 1,000 others were injured and warned that
the death toll could climb.
The epicenter of the quake, which struck early Monday morning, was located about 24 miles east of Jiashi city, near the Xinjiang border with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Chinese officials registered the temblor's magnitude at 6.8, while the U.S. Geological Survey reported a 6.3 magnitude.
Weather forecasters have some good news for storm weary residents across the United States: El Niño is weakening. On Thursday (Feb. 6), officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that the Pacific Ocean weather phenomenon is finally waning, but stressed that its impacts will continue to be felt around the globe until early spring.
For more than half a million Mongolian herdsmen, the livestock they breed represent food, transportation, heat and money. However, as another bitter winter season envelopes the country's spectacular grassy steppes, blizzards and plummeting temperatures have wiped out fodder, threatening the livelihoods of thousands of people.
A powerful earthquake rocked west-central Mexico late Tuesday (Jan. 21), killing at least 21 people and injuring more than 160 others. As damage assessments continued on Wednesday, government officials warned the death toll could rise as rescue crews moved into remote areas.
Cyclone Ami tore through the South Pacific nation of Fiji early this week, and at least fifteen people are confirmed dead.
A cold snap that has gripped South Asia for one month has been blamed for more than 1,000 deaths in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. As bitter northern winds continue to whip across the three countries, relief workers are racing to distribute blankets and warm clothing to the most vulnerable residents.