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Sunken S.Korean ferry raised from seabed.

SEOUL -- A 6,800-ton South Korean ferry that capsized and sank in a storm three years ago was partially raised from the water on Thursday, an emotional moment for the country that continues to search for closure to one of its deadliest disasters ever.

- BangkokPost - TH

Official: At Least 25 Starve to Death in Somaliland.

At least 25 people have died of starvation in the self-declared republic of Somaliland as the Horn of Africa grapples with an increasingly severe drought. “The drought situation is at its most dangerous level. Eighty percent of the livestock have gone and we are struggling with saving people, who have started dying. So ...

- Voice of America - US

FEATURE: Humanity at the core as UN readies for first-ever Ocean Conference.

Over a year ago, on 20 February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston made a category 5 landfall along the north coast of Fiji's largest, most populous island, Viti Levu, killing at least 44 people, and grounding flights to and from the Pacific Island nation.

- UN - INT

Kanagawa man who tweeted 'lion scare' after 2016 Kumamoto quakes avoids charges.

A man who fanned a “lion scare” with false tweets following the deadly earthquakes that hit Kumamoto last April has managed to avoid indictment. The Kumamoto District Public Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday the act of the 21-year-old man from Kanagawa Prefecture did not merit criminal charges and he has shown ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Sinn Féin oppose any extension to Stormont talks deadline.

Sinn Féin say they oppose extending the Stormont talks deadline and any suspension of the assembly.

- BBC - UK

Deadly flooding has left 70,000 people homeless in Peru.

Floods and mudslides are ravaging Peru, leaving dozens dead and approximately 70,000 displaced. The annual rainy season has brought 10 times more rainfall than usual to areas of Peru. Authorities said a sudden warming of coastal Pacific waters, known as El Niño, was to blame. Peru's military is airlifting

- VICE News - US

First 'e-water' project brings relief to drought-hit Kenyans.

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross Country: Kenya Users buy prepaid tokens from various suppliers and swipe them at the automated tap stands, which then dispense the requested amount of water.Residents of Kilifi County along the coast of Kenya are bearing the agony of watching their cattle and goats die every ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

EU emergency assistance to help Peru cope with worst flooding in almost 30 years.

Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Country: Peru The EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated and €250,000 has been mobilised for emergency relief to communities affected by floods and mudslides in Peru.The EU Civil Protection Mechanism ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Under the dead sea, warnings of dire drought.

Nearly 1,000 feet below the bed of the Dead Sea, scientists have found evidence that during past warm periods, the Mideast has suffered drought on scales never recorded by humans—a possible warning for current times. Thick layers of crystalline salt show that rainfall plummeted to as little as a fifth of modern levels ...

- PhysOrg - NL

Severe storm kills one as it sweeps northern Georgia.

- Strong winds, quarter-sized hail and lightning ripped through towns in northern Georgia, killing one man and leaving several cities with severe damage and power outages on Wednesday, local media and officials said.

- Reuters - US

AP top stories for March 22.

Here's the latest for Wednesday, March 22nd: South Korea says North Korea launched failed missile; Trump plans trip to NATO conference; Oklahoma wildfire mostly contained; Gong Show host Chuck Barris dead.         


Severe storm kills one as it sweeps northern Georgia

Strong winds, quarter-sized hail and lightning ripped through towns in northern Georgia, killing one man and leaving several cities with severe damage and power outages on Wednesday, local media and officials said. The man died when a tree fell on a home near Braselton, about 53 miles northeast of Atlanta, just before 9 ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Indonesia recruits tribespeople in war against haze

JAKARTA, March 22 ― Indonesia is recruiting tribespeople to help fight outbreaks of haze which shroud Southeast Asia every year with a government deal designed to tap into traditional ways of containing forest fires. The region suffers every...

- The Malay Mail - MY

AP Top Stories March 22 A

Here's the latest for Wednesday, March 22nd: South Korea says North Korea launched failed missile; Trump plans trip to NATO conference; Oklahoma wildfire mostly contained; Gong Show host Chuck Barris dead.         


Dirty drinking water kills 3 Marsabit as drought bites

Failed rains have led to a severe water shortage in the county.

- Daily Nation - KE

NASA's swift mission maps a star's 'death spiral' into a Black Hole

Greenbelt MD Mar 21, 2017 Some 290 million years ago, a star much like the sun wandered too close to the central black hole of its galaxy. Intense tides tore the star apart, which produced an eruption of optical, ultraviolet and X-ray light that first reached Earth in 2014. Now, a team of scientists using observations from ...

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Colorado Editorial Roundup

The Reporter-Herald, March 18, on a warm spring and wildfires: When Colorado residents think about the devastating wildfires of 2012, their memories are directed first to the High Park … Click to Continue

- Miami Herald - US

Assault on FAMINE

ROME, Italy — The United Nations has approved an emergency loan of US$22 million in a bid to prevent another famine in drought and crisis-hit Somalia, its food agency said yesterday.

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Somali Cabinet to Include Drought Disaster Post

Somalia's next Cabinet will include a minister of disaster management to deal with a drought that has left more than six million people in need of aid. Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire unveiled his Cabinet picks Tuesday in Mogadishu.  For the first time in Somalia's history, several women are among the nominees, including ...

- Voice of America - US

NADMO Director Tours Flood Prone Areas in Accra

Honourable Archibald Cobbina, the Greater Accra National Disaster Management Director yesterday toured some flood-prone areas in the Greater Accra to assess the causes of flood and the preventive measures to put in place to protect lives and property as we enter raining season, the tour lasted for almost 14 hours. The ...

- ModernGhana - GH

UN releases $22 million to fight famine threat in Somalia

The United Nations has approved an emergency loan of $22 million in a bid to prevent another famine in drought and crisis-hit Somalia, its food agency said Tuesday.

- The Daily Star - LB

Cabinet refuses to endorse scheme for voluntary relocation of flood victims over coverage worries

The Cabinet has failed to sign off on a scheme for the voluntary relocation of people living in flood areas.

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Parties storm IEBC offices over list deadline

They argue it was unfair for IEBC to impose timelines it had not consulted with stakeholders.

- Daily Nation - KE

UNICEF appeals for USD 1 million in funding support for Sri Lanka drought response

Mar 22, Colombo: The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund appealed for USD 1 million in funding to support Sri Lanka during its ongoing drought.

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Trump would be wise to negotiate a resignation before his presidency is fatally wounded

It was like a decomposed corpse washing up on the river bank during a massive flood. It came in the form of a brief, cryptic tweet in the whoosh of running online commentary on FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the House Intelligence Committee: After my sister visited Paul Manafort'...

- The Raw Story - US

Water and sanitation needs top humanitarian agenda in Madagascar

Source: UN Children's Fund Country: Madagascar An estimated 175,000 people have no access to safe potable water due to contamination of wells and water sources, with indications that water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea are on the rise. Highlights An Intense Tropical Cyclone, Enawo struck northeast Madagascar between 7-10 ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Number of food-insecure in Malawi rises by 129 percent to 6.5 million

Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Malawi The MVAC forecast for April 2016-March 2017 showed that almost 40 percent of the total population would not be able to meet their annual minimum food requirements. Situation analysis Description of the disaster Malawi, typically a ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

UN relief fund to facilitate rapid scaling-up of FAO's response in Somalia

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Somalia Thanks to a $22 million loan from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund , FAO will increase rural livelihood support and restore food production in drought-affected regions.FAO is further scaling up its activities in drought affected ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Peru floods in line with climate change models, says climatologist Mojib Latif

Peru is being hit by devastating flooding. Is it a natural weather cycle or an impact of climate change?

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Hunger Kills at Least 26 in Somalia's Jubaland Region

At least 26 people died from hunger in the semi-autonomous Jubaland region of southern Somalia in just a day an a half, federal government radio said on its website. Somalia, like other countries in the region, is facing a devastating drought that has killed livestock, cut harvests and left 6.2 million people, about half ...

- Voice of America - US

Oklahoma wildfire destroys 9 homes, residents flee; 2 hurt

LONGTOWN, Oklahoma — Emergency crews fought a stubborn fire that destroyed at least nine homes in eastern Oklahoma and forced the evacuation of more than 100 others.

- Billings Gazette - US

Driven by heat and high winds, wildfires are 10 times worse this year than average

Climate change means that there is no such thing as a typical fire season' anymore.Smoke rises from a wildfire near homes Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Boulder, CO. CREDIT: Seth Frankel via APWildfire season, or the period between spring and late fall when dry weather, heat, and ignition sources make wildfires more likely, ...

- ThinkProgress - US

Cartoon: Trump's new programs

A couple relevant articles from Charleston, West Virginia :   AmeriCorps, still doing work in flood zone, facing Trump budget cut Trump budget axes program that funds WV infrastructure projects Then there's this gem from Houston, where they have, oh, just a few chemical plants and refineries: 'Death and destruction' ...

- Daily Kos - US

Jaipurhat housewife electrocuted as storm tears down power line

A housewife in Jaipurhat has been electrocuted to death after a storm tore down local power lines.

- BDNews24 - BD

British toddler who's a dead ringer for Ed Sheeran takes internet by storm

Everyone probably has a doppelganger out there in the world, and for one UK baby, hers is Ed Sheeran.

- Stuff - NZ

19 killed by trees that came down at Ghana waterfall during storm

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia described the accident as a “tragic shock to the nation.”         


Off the pulse - India farmers switch crops as lentil prices plunge

LATUR, India/NEW DELHI - Millions of Indian farmers look set to switch from growing pulses and oilseeds after a government campaign to boost output became a victim of its own success by flooding markets with the crops, used in everything from fragrant curries to sticky desserts.

- Reuters - US

'It's a miracle': Woman survives devastating mudslide in Peru

Lima, Peru, Mar 20, 2017 / 03:01 pm .- Evangelina Chamorro was swept away for over a third of a mile by an avalanche of mud on the coast south of Lima. But she survived and said that thinking about “God and her daughters” gave her the strength. In recent weeks, heavy rains have caused avalanches and floods in ...

- Catholic News Agency - US

Iwate tsunami survivor erects wooden monument to warn others of high-water point

Yusaku Yoshida knew of a stone monument marking the high-water point of tsunami that hit the town of Otsuchi in 1933, but he realized local residents failed to recognize it when the March 2011 waves hit shortly after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake. After considering how to effectively pass down lessons from the 2011 disaster in ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Falling Trees Kill at Least 19 at Kintampo Waterfall in Ghana

A rainstorm toppled trees onto people, most of them students who had come to swim at the popular site, Ghanaian officials said.

- International NY Times - US

Martin Mcguinness, former IRA commander-turned-politician, dies

Martin McGuinness, a former IRA commander turned politician, has died aged 66, Sky News reported. McGuinness rose to become deputy first minister of Northern Ireland after turning peace-maker and took a prominent role in bringing peace to N. Ireland. He never apologised for his terrorist past. In recent years he suffered a ...

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Halifax researchers developing disaster-planning tool that will work like video game

A pair of researchers in Halifax are working on an elaborate, computerized disaster-planning simulator that will one day function like a multiplayer video game - the first version of which has already plotted what could happen if the port city is inundated by a catastrophic flood.

- Global News - CA

Peru struggles with devastating El Niño flooding

Peruvians struggled on Sunday to cope with avalanches, mudslides and extensive flash flooding caused by torrential downpours, and forecasters predicted still more rain ahead, prolonging the country's woes. The highly unusual rains follow a series of storms that have struck hard along Peru's northern coast, with voracious ...

- Yahoo! News - US

In today's anti-immigrant rhetoric, echoes of Virgil's 'Aeneid'

Federico Barocci's 1598 painting 'Aeneas' Flight from Troy.' Wikimedia CommonsBoatloads of refugees put ashore in Italy after a wearying journey at sea; the city they adored, Troy, now a smoking ruin after 10 years of a desperate war; many loved ones dead from the conflict, with others lost along the way, victims of ...

- The Conversation - UK

Kenya: 11 people killed in fighting fueled by drought

Kenyan officials say 11 people died over the weekend in violence in the center of the country between two herding communities that was fueled by a drought that has affected about half the country.

- FOX News - US

Confirmed: 20 bodies retrieved, 11 hospitalised after Kintampo Waterfalls disaster

Three more persons have been confirmed dead in Sunday 39;s bizarre disaster at the Kintampo Water Falls bringing the death toll to 20. A total of 17 students of the Wenchi Methodist Senior High School were crushed to death by a tumbling tree during a rainstorm, Sunday afternoon. Out of 11 others who sustained varying ...

- ModernGhana - GH

Waterfalls Disaster: Bawumia Storms Kintampo

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia is heading for Kintampo in the Brong Ahafo region to commiserate with the victims and families of the Kintampo waterfalls disaster. Reports suggest the Vice President may also visit the scene of the incident to gather first-hand information on the accident that has claimed 19 lives, with many ...

- ModernGhana - GH | Top Africa stories: Ghana, Zim, Moz

A Zimbabwean pastor who was jailed for predicting Robert Mugabe's death says he collected a tin of lice to show the veteran leader, and at least 20 students died after trees fell on them while swimming in a river during a storm in Ghana.

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Devastating photos of the El Niño-driven flooding that has killed more than 70 people in Peru

REUTERS/Mariana Bazo The rapid and unusual warming of the waters off northern Peru has unleashed the deadliest rainfall the South American country has seen in decades. Significant amounts of rain have fallen over relatively short periods of time in some parts of the Andean country in the latest iteration of a local El ...

- Business Insider - US

Freak accident kills 17, mostly students, after rainstorm causes tree to fall at Ghana's Kintampo waterfall

As of Monday, 17 bodies have been retrieved at the resort, about 414 kilometres north of the capital of Accra; most of the dead are students

- National Post - CA