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19 Dec 2017 description

"I'm scared that if it ever floods at night, it will come into my house and the flood will take me away. That's one of my greatest fears" - Freddy Sei, 15

By Lin Taylor

SOUTH RIVER, Vanuatu, Dec 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Each time teenager Freddy Sei hears the rumble of thunder, sees rains pound the earth in his small coastal village or watches strong winds whip palm trees, he is gripped with fear.

13 Nov 2017 description

By Inna Lazareva

DOSSEYE, Chad, Nov 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Leila Ousmane and her 10-year-old daughter walk in disbelief atop the crumbling bricks that, until a few days earlier, formed the walls of their family home.

Heavy rains and floods in late September ravaged the Dosseye refugee camp where they live, toppling their house of mud bricks and wooden stumps into rubble.

"We went to live with my neighbour," said Ousmane. "But last night, the storm made their house collapse too."

31 Oct 2017 description

Researchers found that the Ebola was significantly more likely to emerge in areas with surrounding forest loss

By Nellie Peyton

DAKAR, Oct 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ebola outbreaks tend to occur two years after trees have been cut down or forests cleared in West and Central Africa, researchers said on Monday, suggesting that deforestation data could be used to predict outbreaks of the deadly disease.

06 Sep 2017 description

By Inna Lazareva

YAOUNDE, Sept 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Experience gained taming West Africa's Ebola outbreak is helping Sierra Leone deal with its recent mudslide disaster, but urgent action is needed to prevent future catastrophes, experts say.

As more bodies are unearthed after the mid-August mountain collapse in Regent on the outskirts of the capital Freetown, thousands of people who lost their homes require emergency accommodation and longer-term help to recover, aid workers say.

07 Apr 2017 description

Rising temperatures, floods and droughts can cause major epidemics in areas not usually affected by malaria

By Alex Whiting

LONDON, April 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Health agencies in Africa need to start consulting seasonal weather forecasts to help prepare for malaria epidemics and ensure outbreaks are spotted early and curbed before they become severe, a malaria expert said.

13 Jul 2016 description

Risk rises as women and girls turn to sex to survive and hungry patients miss treatment, UNICEF says

By Magdalena Mis

ROME, July 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Drought exacerbated by the El Nino weather pattern could lead to a spike in new HIV infections in southern Africa as women and girls turn to sex to survive and patients miss treatments, the United Nations childrens' agency UNICEF said on Tuesday.