Natural Disasters

Deadly rains deluge Vietnam mines, spark contamination fears

HANOI - Heavy rainfall in northern Vietnam has killed 17 people and inundated major coal mines, causing concern among environmentalists about contamination of local communities and the waters of a top tourist attraction, Halong Bay.

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake rattles south-central Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska - A magnitude 6.3 earthquake rattled a wide area of south-central Alaska, including Anchorage, on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries.

29 Jul 2015

Children miss school, fear abuse after Nepal quake - aid groups

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Inadequate shelter, school closures and a lack of safe water and sanitation are the three biggest concerns of Nepali children affected by two huge earthquakes, said a major survey published on Saturday, the three month anniversary of the first quake.

Top News, World, South Asia 25 Jul 2015

Deadly flash floods in Pakistan damage roads and crops

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Flash flooding caused by torrential monsoon rains has killed at least 28 in Pakistan and affected hundreds of thousands of people, according to aid agencies, with further downpours expected in the coming days.

South Asia, World 24 Jul 2015

Quake-hit Nepal reopens Annapurna circuit after experts give all clear

KATHMANDU - Nepal reopened its most popular trekking trail to tourists on Thursday after international experts said it was safe, three months after two devastating earthquakes led the government to close most hiking routes.Miyamoto International, a California-based structural engineering company, said in a report that quake-related damage in the Annapurna region "was very limited".

World, South Asia 23 Jul 2015

Sri Lanka to harness wasted rainwater for crops, power

MEDAWACHCHIYA, Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sri Lanka plans to store and use a billion cubic metres of rainwater per year, which would otherwise drain into the sea, in an ambitious effort to boost irrigation and power production.

Top News, South Asia 23 Jul 2015

Natural disasters forced 20 mln from their homes in 2014 - report

GENEVA - Nearly 20 million people were forced to flee their homes due to floods, storms and earthquakes last year, a problem likely to worsen due to climate change, but which could be eased by better construction, a report said on Monday.

20 Jul 2015

Quake-hit Nepal to train 50,000 workers for reconstruction

KATHMANDU - Earthquake-hit Nepal will train 50,000 workers to help carry out reconstruction, the finance minister said, the biggest skill development program in the country's history as economic growth is expected to fall to the slowest rate in eight years.

World, South Asia 15 Jul 2015

Quake-hit Nepal to train 50,000 workers for reconstruction

KATHMANDU, July 15 - Earthquake-hit Nepal will train 50,000 workers to help carry out reconstruction, the finance minister said, the biggest skill development program in the country's history as economic growth is expected to fall to the slowest rate in eight years.

15 Jul 2015

Quake-hit Nepal gears up to tackle stunting in children

THECHO, Nepal (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Shanti Maharjan, who gave birth to a baby girl 10 days ago, has spent the last two months living under corrugated iron sheets with her husband and five others after two major earthquakes reduced her mud-and-brick home to rubble.

Top News, South Asia, World 07 Jul 2015

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.