Natural Disasters

After tsunami, fishermen struggle against tide of tourism in Thailand

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THUNG WA, Thailand (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After the tsunami pounded Thailand’s Andaman Sea coast a decade ago, the ethnic Moklen fishing communities that have lived here for generations buried their dead, fought off land grabs to rebuild their homes, and - surprisingly - sighed in relief.

Let nature play a role in climate adaptation, experts urge

LIMA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When the rainy season comes and floods the fields, poor families in northwest Bangladesh once cut trees to survive or went hungry.

14 Dec 2014

Pacific storm triggers tornado, mudslides, floods in Southern California

LOS ANGELES - A Pacific storm pounded Southern California with heavy rain and high winds on Friday, triggering a small tornado, flash floods and mudslides that prompted the evacuation of hundreds of homes, damaged dozens of others and disrupted passenger rail services along the coast.

13 Dec 2014

Early warnings need to be 'accessible, understandable' to work -experts

KATHMANDU, Nepal (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Creating effective early warning systems about worsening flooding and landslide threats in South Asia's mountains will require involving local communities and using non-technical languages, experts say.

12 Dec 2014

Peru's melting glaciers a deadly threat as temperatures rise

CARHUAZ, Peru - High in the Peruvian Andes, the glacier-fed lake Laguna 513 brims with meltwater atop a populated valley in a region prone to earthquakes.

12 Dec 2014

Japan weather bureau declares first El Nino in five years

TOKYO - Japan's weather bureau said on Wednesday that an El Nino weather pattern, which can trigger drought in some parts of the world while causing flooding in others, had emerged during the summer for the first time in five years and was likely to continue into winter.

World, Japan 10 Dec 2014

Lava flows toward Hawaii village, threatens major intersection

PAHOA, Hawaii - Slow-moving lava from an erupting volcano on Hawaii's Big Island continued to flow toward a small village, advancing about 250 yards on Monday, and threatened to reach a major traffic intersection before year's end.

09 Dec 2014

Philippine capital braces for storm, as Hagupit leaves 27 dead

DOLORES, Philippines - Typhoon Hagupit weakened to a tropical storm as it churned close to the Philippine capital on Monday, after killing 27 people on the eastern island of Samar island where it flattened homes, toppled trees and cut power and communications.

Top News, World 08 Dec 2014

Flooding could follow heavy snow in western New York

BUFFALO - Emergency workers filled thousands of sandbags on Sunday as the area around Buffalo, New York braced for potential flooding as warming temperatures began to melt up to seven feet (2 metres) of snow.

24 Nov 2014

Flooding could follow heavy snow in western New York

BUFFALO - Emergency workers filled thousands of sandbags on Sunday as the area around Buffalo, New York braced for potential flooding as warming temperatures began to melt up to seven feet (2 metres) of snow.

23 Nov 2014

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.