Natural Disasters

Magnitude 5.7 quake shakes southern Mexico, no damage reported

MEXICO CITY A 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, shaking buildings as far away as Mexico City, but officials reported there were no immediate damages.

West Virginia's worst flooding in a century kills 24

West Virginia's three most devastated counties and possibly others will receive federal assistance after the state's worst flooding in more than a century killed at least 24 people, officials said on Saturday.

26 Jun 2016

Tornado, hail storms kill at least 78 people in eastern China

BEIJING A tornado, hail storms and driving rain killed at least 78 people and injured some 500 in eastern China on Thursday, flattening power lines, overturning cars and ripping roofs off houses in Jiangsu province.

23 Jun 2016

"I should have died too" - Nepal's quake widows struggle to survive

KATHMANDU (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rani Maya Shrestha was working on a neighbour's potato farm when the first of Nepal's two massive earthquakes struck last year. She rushed home to find her husband buried in the ruins of their house northeast of the capital Kathmandu. 

World, South Asia 22 Jun 2016

Disaster-hit children struggle without school buildings, charity says

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From earthquakes in Nepal to flooding in Myanmar, disasters damage or destroy thousands of schools leaving hundreds of thousands of children unable to go to class, yet education is often overlooked in humanitarian responses, a charity said.

20 Jun 2016

Flooded Canadian towns in gas heartland declare state of emergency

VANCOUVER Intense flooding has prompted two northern communities in the Canadian province of British Columbia to declare states of emergency, just a month after forest fires prompted evacuations in the region.

18 Jun 2016

Tropical Storm Colin gains speed, barrels toward Florida

TAMPA, Fla. Tropical Storm Colin picked up speed over the Gulf of Mexico on Monday as it headed toward Florida's northwest coast, unleashing thunderstorms and flooding while the state's governor activated the National Guard ahead of its landfall. | Video

07 Jun 2016

Australian PM diverts election tour to visit storm-ravaged voters

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull suspended his election campaign tour on Tuesday to visit areas of the country ravaged by a powerful storm that has battered the country's east coast for several days.

07 Jun 2016

French govt promises aid to flood victims as cost to insurers rises

PARIS The French government will disburse millions of euros in emergency funds to help those people hardest hit by flooding, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Monday, while the bill for insurers was seen rising above 600 million euros ($681 million).

06 Jun 2016

Thousands evacuated, two dead, as France declares flood emergency

PARIS/LONGJUMEAU, France Torrential rain forced thousands of people from their homes south of Paris while the River Seine surged to its highest level for over 30 years in the French capital, shutting down the famed Louvre and Orsay museums and a metro line.

03 Jun 2016

China economic reforms may result in $14.4 trillion GDP, growth at 6 percent – Asia Society report

Sweeping economic reform initiated by China President Xi Jinping in November 2013 marked a turning point for the world's second biggest economy. If implemented fully, China's potential GDP growth can be sustained at 6 percent through 2020. One risk: Falling short of that growth rate could result in growth at half that projection, or worse, leading to a new economic crisis, according to a new study.