Natural disasters and extreme weather

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From Harvey to Michael: how America’s year of major hurricanes unfolded

The past year has been marked by storms of record ferocity, apocalyptic damage and thousands of deaths Just two years after Hurricane Florence, which drenched the Carolinas last month, punched holes in Kennedys roof, causing it to collapse. You do get kind of hopeless, said Kennedy, who is renting a place 30 miles away. It […]

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Powerful earthquake hits Japanese island of Hokkaido

Cameras on island showed cities going dark as quake disabled power systems, leaving 3 million households without electricity Rescuers were rushing to unearth survivors and restore power after a powerful Japan is used to dealing with disasters, but the last few months have brought a string of calamities. The quake came on the heels of […]

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California’s wildfires: why are they so intense and what can be done?

High temperatures and lack of rainfall, exacerbated by years of drought, are contributing factors and climate change LA Times reported that it may have come from a vehicle towing a trailer with a flat tire, its metal rim creating sparks as it rolled along. The Mendocino Complex fire, now the sixth-largest in recorded state history, […]

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Firefighters battle to contain historic California blaze as political tensions rise

Distrust in government mingles with fears for cannabis industry while fires spread across hundreds of square miles Haze from the Donald Trumps recent tweet falsely claiming that fires were fueled by the states water use policies. He is ignorant, totally ignorant, Steele, a fifth-generation Californian and air force veteran, said of Trump. It shows he […]

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At least 225 dead after powerful earthquake hits central Mexico

The 7.1 magnitude earthquake is deadliest to hit country in more than 30 years and has brought down buildings in the capital, Mexico City Emergency crews and volunteers are digging through rubble with their bare hands in search of trapped survivors after a powerful earthquake Mexico earthquake The earthquake also appeared to have triggered an […]

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‘We don’t have anything’: landlords demand rent on flooded Houston homes

Displaced families say they are struggling to pay rent on damaged dwellings, as an acute housing crisis grips south-east Texas after Hurricane Harvey Rocio Fuentes weighed up the cost of getting some new sofas for her new apartment in Pasadena, Texas, and decided the family budget could just about stretch to it. Just one month […]

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‘They don’t care’: Indian government accused of prejudice by Chakma people

Families living on riverbanks of north-east India claim pleas for help following devastating floods have been ignored on religious and racial grounds The Indian government has been accused of religious and racial discrimination after members of the Chakma ethnic group said their pleas for help following the

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India floods: 213 killed in Gujarat as receding waters reveal more victims

Authorities race to identify bodies as rescue workers reach new areas and fear monsoon death toll will rise further Severe monsoon flooding has killed 213 people in western India, an official said on Sunday, as rescuers continue to sift through villages devastated by torrential rains. The death toll in Gujarat state jumped from Wednesdays total […]

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New Zealand storm: states of emergency declared as flooding hits South Island

State of emergency declared in three regions, road access to Dunedin city blocked and flood warning signs run out after heavy rain and landslides A ferocious storm has buffeted the lower South Island of New Zealand overnight, with three states of emergency declared in Christchurch, Timaru and Otago and the city of Dunedin accessible only […]

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Naomi Klein: how power profits from disaster

The long read: After a crisis, private contractors move in and suck up funding for work done badly, if at all then those billions get cut from government budgets. Like Grenfell Tower, Hurricane Katrina revealed a disdain for the poor There have been times in my reporting from disaster zones when I have had the […]

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