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3 Indian soldiers, 2 suspected rebels killed in Kashmir.

SRINAGAR, India " At least three Indian soldiers and two suspected rebels were killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Thursday after militants stormed a military camp close to the heavily militarized Line of Control dividing...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

City in Miyagi loses appeal of tsunami death suit involving girl at Nobiru Elementary.

The damages ruling against the city of Higashimatsushima stands after the Sendai High Court rules that city-run Nobiru Elementary shares blame for a girl killed by tsunami in 2011. The post City in Miyagi loses appeal of tsunami death suit involving girl at Nobiru Elementary appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP

New reconstruction minister visits tsunami-hit areas in bid to mend ties.

The new disaster reconstruction minister on Thursday visited areas damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, vowing to restore confidence in the government among those dismayed by his predecessor's gaffes. “I came here today in the hope of regaining trust,” Masayoshi Yoshino, who replaced Masahiro ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Venezuela To Leave OAS, Death Toll Climbs After Dueling Rallies.

Protests against President Nicolas Maduro, which have been raging for just under a month, show no signs of relenting. Both opponents and supporters of Maduro flooded the capital Caracas on Wednesday.

- NPR - US

Flooding prompts state of emergency in North Carolina county.

A North Carolina county declared a state of emergency Wednesday because flooding closed a number of roads and led to evacuations, and a school bus driver was fired for going around barricades as she took students to school.

- WRAL.com - US

Thames River conservation group marks 80th anniversary of the 'Flood of 1937'.

Five people were killed and more than 1,000 homes were destroyed when the Thames River rose a record 23 feet in the city, 80 years ago today.

- Global News - CA

Nepal earthquake: 2 years and $4.1 billion on...

On April 25 2015, a massive earthquake in Ghorka, Nepal, followed by another devastating one on May 12, killed nearly 9,000 people and injured over 21,000. More than 600,000 homes were damaged or destroyed.

- Rediff.com - IN

Engineers shine light on deadly landslide.

Late in the morning of March 22, 2014, a huge chunk of land cut loose and roared down a hillside in the Stillaguamish River Valley just east of Oso, Washington, about 60 miles northeast of Seattle. In a matter of minutes, 43 people lost their lives as a wall of mud, sand, clay, water. A new report details the factors ...

- ScienceDaily - US

Dueling Rallies Rack Caracas After Death Toll Inches Toward 30 In Venezuela.

Protests against President Nicolas Maduro, which have been raging for just under a month, show no signs of relenting. Both opponents and supporters of Maduro flooded the capital Wednesday.

- NPR - US

Missing trekker found after 47 days, but girlfriend died.

Couple were on a long trek on the Ganest Himal trail in Nepal when they were caught in a snowstorm in March and lost their way

- CBS NEWS - US

Emergency powers to extend Stormont talks on powersharing deal approved.

Emergency powers to give Stormont's rowing political parties more time to strike a powersharing deal have now cleared Britain's Parliament.

- BreakingNews.ie - IE

Hard rocks from Himalaya raise flood risk for millions

Scientists have shown how earthquakes and storms in the Himalaya can increase the impact of deadly floods in one of Earth's most densely populated areas.

- ScienceDaily - US

Engineers shine light on deadly landslide

Late in the morning of March 22, 2014, a huge chunk of land cut loose and roared down a hillside in the Stillaguamish River Valley just east of Oso, Washington, about 60 miles northeast of Seattle. In a matter of minutes, 43 people lost their lives as a wall of mud, sand, clay, water and trees cascaded down the hillside ...

- PhysOrg - NL

What happens to migrants when the U.S. closes its borders

Over the past year, 16,000 Haitians arrived at the Mexico-U.S. border seeking asylum. The majority of these Haitian migrants made a monthslong journey across Central and South America from Brazil, where they had settled after fleeing the devastation of the 2010 earthquake in their homeland. The journey north was not

- VICE News - US

Hard rocks from Himalaya raise flood risk for millions

Scientists have shown how earthquakes and storms in the Himalaya can increase the impact of deadly floods in one of Earth's most densely populated areas.

- PhysOrg - NL

Preying on disaster: How human trafficking has spiked in quake-shattered Nepal

Out of desperation, many Nepalis seek to leave their devastated country to work overseas, only to fall into the hands of traffickers

- UN - INT

Prime minister to visit Sunamganj Sunday to see flood victims

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will tour Sunamganj on Sunday to be with the flood-affected people.

- BDNews24 - BD

McDeathstar: McDonald's unveils new grey, 'dystopian' uniforms and the internet is not lovin' it

'Serving storm troopers on a Death Star in a Galaxy far, far away,' one Twitter user wrote.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

What happens to migrants when the U.S. closes its borders

Over the past year, 16,000 Haitians arrived at the Mexico-U.S. border seeking asylum. The majority of these Haitian migrants made a months-long journey across Central and South America from Brazil, where they had settled after fleeing the devastation of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The journey north was not easy;

- VICE News - US

Somalia drought emergency response in 2017

Article | The ICRC and the Somali Red Crescent Society have assisted 760,000 people in 2017.

- ICRC - INT

New reconstruction minister Masayoshi Yoshino known for dedication to rebuilding disaster-hit hometown

New disaster reconstruction minister Masayoshi Yoshino, a Fukushima Prefecture native, is known for his commitment to restoring his hometown, which was hit hard by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami as well as the ensuing nuclear catastrophe. Yoshino, a 68-year-old former senior vice environment minister with business ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Japan minister resigns over remark about 2011 tsunami

Japan's disaster reconstruction minister resigned over his remark that "it was good" that the March 2011 quake and tsunami had hit northern Japan instead of areas closer to Tokyo.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Japan disaster minister resigns over quake gaffe

Japan's gaffe-prone disaster reconstruction minister Masahiro Imamura resigned Wednesday after remarking it was lucky the catastrophic 2011 earthquake-tsunami had hit a largely rural region rather than Tokyo.

- Times Of India - IN

Four of haor department’s five top officials are on a trip abroad

As people in haor areas suffer from persistent floods and their harvests have been ruined, four of the Haor and Wetland Development Department’s five top officials, including the director general, are on a trip abroad.

- BDNews24 - BD

Alberta takes ground-up approach to economic resilience

Nearly a year after wildfires idled parts of its oil industry, Alberta's provincial government said it was taking a ground-up approach to disaster recovery.

- UPI - US

Japan disaster minister resigns over quake gaffe

Abe said he will replace Imamura with Fukushima native and veteran politician Masayoshi Yoshino.

- Daily Nation - KE

Japanese minister resigns after saying it's good that 2011 tsunami hit Tohoku and not Tokyo

Reconstruction minister Masahiro Imamura said it was better the disaster had hit northern Japan instead of Tokyo.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Japan’s reconstruction minister quits after saying ‘good thing’ 2011 quake struck where it did, rather than Tokyo

The Japanese cabinet minister overseeing reconstruction of areas devastated by the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster resigned on Wednesday after saying it was better the disaster struck the northeastern region instead of Tokyo. Masahiro Imamura was forced to quit after remarks he made on Tuesday at a party for ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Disaster victims express outrage over reconstruction minister's tactless remarks

Victims of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami have expressed anger at insensitive remarks made on Tuesday by reconstruction minister Masahiro Imamura over the disaster. “The remarks are outrageous,” said a 75-year-old man who has been evacuated to a temporary house in the city of Fukushima, from the Nagadoro ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Wildfire burn victim: 'It was like Armageddon'

Donovan Smith needed help, and he needed it fast. Blaze threatened his wildlife sanctuary.         

- USA TODAY - US

Japan minister resigns over remark about 2011 tsunami

TOKYO " Japan's disaster reconstruction minister resigned over his remark that "it was good" that the March 2011 quake and tsunami had hit northern Japan instead of areas closer to Tokyo.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe accepted Masahiro...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Japan minister resigns over remark about 2011 tsunami

Japan's disaster reconstruction minister has resigned over his remark that "it was good" that the March 2011 quake and tsunami had hit northern Japan instead of areas closer to Tokyo.

- FOX News - US

More relief to come for flood-hit parishes - McKenzie

KINGSTON, Jamaica , Minister of Local Goverment and Community Development Desmond McKenzie says Cabinet has given approval for relief efforts to be intensified in the parishes of St Thomas and Clarendon, which suffered from flooding after heavy rains throughout the weekend.McKenzie, speaking in Parliament this afternoon, ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Torturous and inhumane'

CREDIT: Arkansas Department of Correction via AP, FileIgnoring outrage across the country, Arkansas executed two men on the same gurney last night. The first execution went awry but ultimately both men were put to death — part of an effort to speed up executions before a lethal drug expires.ICYMI: White House ...

- ThinkProgress - US

Protesters storm Heritage Foundation building to call for 'Budget for the People'

White House and Heritage Foundation budget proposals will unjustly impact the poor, organizers say.WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Tuesday, organizers and activists with the People's Action coalition took to the White House and the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, to protest proposed budget cuts they say will have a ...

- ThinkProgress - US

Millions of Colombians at risk to climate change: minister

BOGOTA - Climate change has put nearly 12 million Colombians at risk from natural disasters like flooding and landslides, which could kill hundreds and cause serious infrastructure damage, the environment minister said on Tuesday.

- Reuters - US

Body found in swollen river after North Carolina storm

A body was found in a swollen North Carolina river by a crew cleaning storm debris, but it wasn't immediately clear if the death was caused by the storm

- ABC News - US

Japan minister quits after inappropriate comment on disaster zone

TOKYO, April 26 - The Japanese cabinet minister overseeing reconstruction of areas devastated by the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster resigned today after saying it was better the disaster struck the northeastern region...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Two Years After the Devastating Earthquake, Nepal's Women Have Become Easy Prey for Traffickers

The economic fallout from a devastating earthquake two years ago is still being felt in Nepal

- TIME Magazine - US

Storms soak North Carolina and threaten river flooding

There don't appear to be reports of serious injuries or deaths after storms dumped several inches of rain across much of North Carolina

- ABC News - US

Emergency services struggling to cope with surge in call-outs on alternative highway

Firefighters are dreading the looming winter as increased traffic along the alternative State Highway 1 route continues to pile pressure on emergency services. Murchison Fire Brigade, made up of volunteers, received more than 40 emergency call-outs in four months since the November 14 earthquakes closed the ...

- Stuff - NZ

Tornado watchers are missing more storms, giving shorter notice – and saving more lives?

Sociological research and deadly twisters have spurred a shift in forecasting practices.

- Christian Science Monitor - US

They lost everything in Peru's floods. Now they're asking for Bibles.

Lima, Peru, Apr 25, 2017 / 06:04 am .- Archbishop José Antonio Eguren of Piura and Tumbes, Peru visited the inhabitants of one of the areas most affected by the recent floods in northern Peru, who asked him to help them get some Bibles. According to the Archdiocese of Piura, a group of victims from the Pedregal Chico ...

- Catholic News Agency - US

Tohoku reconstruction minister Masahiro Imamura to resign in wake of new gaffe, sources say

Masahiro Imamura, minister in charge of reconstruction of the disaster-hit Tohoku region, intends to resign in the wake of controversial comments about the disaster, sources said Tuesday night. During a party held Tuesday in Tokyo, Imamura said “it was rather good” that the 2011 tsunami-quake disaster hit the ...

- The Japan Times - JP

NEPAL: 2015 Earthquake: Two years on

The Asian Human Rights Commission remembers with deep sorrow the April 25, 2015 the two devastating earthquakes that stuck Nepal two years ago today. More than 9000 people were killed, and over half a million houses were destroyed in the aftermath ...

- Scoop NZ - NZ

A look at Nepal's progress in earthquake recovery

KATHMANDU, Nepal " Two years ago, Nepal was ravaged by a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people and left another 4 million homeless as their humble homes built from brick and stone were toppled within...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

This Device Uses The Sun To Pull Clean Drinking Water Out Of Desert Air

In Kenya, where a three-year-long drought was declared a national disaster in February, getting a drink of water can mean walking five miles or more to a well that may or may not be dry. A new device under development now shows how someone in a future drought–or the hundreds of millions of people who lack access to ...

- Fast Company - US

A look at Nepal's progress in earthquake recovery

Two years ago, Nepal was ravaged by a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people and left another 4 million homeless as their humble homes built from brick and stone were toppled within seconds.

- FOX News - US

Don’t force haor flood victims to repay loans: Maya

Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya has called on NGOs to refrain from forcing victims of the recent haor floods into paying back their small loans.

- BDNews24 - BD

The Nepal quake survivors who can never go home

RASUWA, April 25 — Nepal marked the second anniversary of a devastating quake today with rebuilding finally under way, but thousands of survivors still living in flimsy shelters have been told they can never return home. Experts say the 2015...

- The Malay Mail - MY

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