Natural Disasters

After decade of disasters, U.N. shifts its Asia operations

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations is downsizing its humanitarian staff in some Asian countries where governments have stepped up with funds and manpower after a decade of massive floods, storms and earthquakes.

Nepal tells U.N. to destroy low quality food meant for quake survivors

KATHMANDU (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations must destroy hundreds of tonnes of substandard food it imported for distribution to survivors of the recent earthquakes in Nepal, a senior Nepali government official said on Monday.

Top News, World, South Asia 30 Jun 2015

Quake-hit Nepal faces scrutiny in distributing aid billions

CHAUTARA, Nepal - Compensation is starting to reach families in the regions worst hit by Nepal's devastating earthquakes, amid close scrutiny of how billions of dollars pledged this week by global powers will be distributed to rebuild the shattered Himalayan nation.

World, South Asia 26 Jun 2015

Donors pledge $4.4 billion in Nepal quake aid

KATHMANDU - Earthquake-hit Nepal received pledges of aid worth $4.4 billion on Thursday, or two-thirds of the amount needed over five years for reconstruction after a devastating earthquake two months ago, Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat said.

Top News, South Asia 25 Jun 2015

UPDATE 2- Donors pledge $4.4 billion in Nepal quake aid

KATHMANDU, June 25 - Earthquake-hit Nepal received pledges of aid worth $4.4 billion on Thursday, or two-thirds of the amount needed over five years for reconstruction after a devastating earthquake two months ago, Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat said.

25 Jun 2015

World Bank promises loan of up to $500 mln for quake-hit Nepal

WASHINGTON - The World Bank on Tuesday promised a loan of up to half a billion dollars to help Nepal rebuild after earthquakes killed nearly 9,000 people there in April and May, levelling homes and pushing hundreds of thousands of people deeper into poverty.

World, South Asia 23 Jun 2015

Tornado rips homes near Chicago, injures several, disrupts power

- A tornado destroyed several homes near Chicago late on Monday, weather and rescue officials said, injuring some people and trapping others, closing a highway and cutting power links to thousands of homes.

23 Jun 2015

Children in quake-hit Nepal at risk of trafficking, being left in orphanages - U.N

KATHMANDU (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Children in earthquake-hit Nepal are more at risk of trafficking and exploitation or of being sent unnecessarily or illegally to live in orphanages since the first quake struck in April, the U.N. children's fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.

Top News, World, South Asia 20 Jun 2015

Hepatitis E outbreak looms in quake-hit Nepal, deadly for pregnant women

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of pregnant women in Nepal are at risk of dying from hepatitis E, as the onset of the monsoon season could trigger an outbreak of the virus in the earthquake-hit country, experts warned.

World, Top News, South Asia 18 Jun 2015

Light ashfall points to volcano eruption in central Japan; no damage reports

TOKYO - A light scattering of ash pointed to an eruption of the most active volcano on Japan's main island of Honshu, weather authorities said on Tuesday, warning against further eruptions, although no injuries or damage were reported.

World, Japan 16 Jun 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.