Natural Disasters

At least one person dies in severe flooding in southeast Texas

Record rainfall and severe flooding have hit parts of southeast Texas, forcing evacuations and killing at least one person, authorities said on Friday.

Ecuador coast hit by two earthquakes; one dead

QUITO Two earthquakes struck Ecuador's coast on Wednesday, leading to one death and light damage in the same region where a magnitude 7.8 tremor killed more than 650 people last month.

Top News, World 19 May 2016

Armed with drones, aid workers seek faster response to earthquakes, floods

KATHMANDU (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For weeks after Nepal's worst earthquake in 80 years, the skies above the Himalayan nation vibrated with military helicopters ferrying relief, airplanes bringing in aid workers, and drones.

Top News, World, South Asia 16 May 2016

Nepal says needs more aid for quake rebuilding

KATHMANDU Aid-dependent Nepal needs $7.86 billion over five years, $1.17 billion more than earlier estimates, to rebuild homes and infrastructure destroyed by the deadly earthquake in 2015, the government said on Thursday.

South Asia, Top News 12 May 2016

Nine sherpas first to climb Everest after Nepal disasters

KATHMANDU A Nepali sherpa led a nine-man team to the top of Mount Everest on Wednesday, becoming the first to scale the world's tallest peak from the Nepali side since a deadly earthquake in 2015 and a fatal avalanche the year before forced climbers to retreat.

South Asia, Top News, World 12 May 2016

Quake-hit Nepal cuts growth outlook to lowest in 14 years

KATHMANDU Earthquake-stricken Nepal cut its economic growth forecast on Tuesday for the fiscal year that ends in mid-July to the lowest in 14 years, saying persistent fuel shortages after a blockade of its border with India have hampered economic activity.

South Asia, World, Top News 03 May 2016

Six killed in Texas floods as severe weather lashes central U.S.

AUSTIN, Texas A grandmother and four of her grandchildren were killed and another person also died in floods in Texas caused by storms that unleashed tornadoes, damaging hail and torrential rains on several central U.S. states, officials said on Saturday.

01 May 2016

Homeless Nepal quake survivors fear climate shocks

DAAMGADE, Nepal (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal a year ago, 25-year-old Yama Tamang lost his farm, where he used to grow maize. | Video

Top News, South Asia, World 25 Apr 2016

Push to ward off disasters in Dhaka slum deters early marriage

DHAKA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For the 127 families of Medical Slum, a warren of tin shacks set in the shadow of a towering yellow-brick pharmaceutical factory, just listing all the problems the community faces is no easy task.

South Asia, World 25 Apr 2016

Landless quake victims missing out as Nepal rebuilds, Oxfam says

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A year after the deadly earthquake in Nepal, thousands of people, especially women, are being deprived of funds to rebuild because they do not own land or cannot prove they owned the land where they lived, Oxfam said on Friday.

World, South Asia, Top News 24 Apr 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.