Natural Disasters

South Korea floods, landslides kill 26 as heavy rains continue


SEOUL At least 26 people have died after 46 days of heavy rains in South Korea, with the country's longest monsoon in seven years causing more flooding, landslides and evacuations on Saturday.

South Korea searches for rescue workers missing in floods

SEOUL A massive search was under way in South Korea on Thursday for five rescue workers swept over a dam when their boats overturned in surging floodwaters, while President Moon Jae-in raised concerns about North Korea releasing excess water without notification.

06 Aug 2020

Pandemic job losses and flooding spark fears of hard times in Bangladesh

DHAKA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After losing his job at a garment factory in Dhaka in April as the coronavirus pandemic hit, Mohammad Sumon returned to his village in Jamalpur, about 160 kms away, hoping to support his family working as a part-time mechanic.

South Asia, World 30 Jul 2020

Coastal flooding could hit 20% of world GDP by 2100 - study

LONDON Failure to rein in climate change and bolster sea defences could jeopardize up to a fifth of the world's economic output by the end of the century, as flooding threatens coastal countries worldwide, according to a study released on Thursday.

China says more disasters expected as torrential rains continue

SHANGHAI Chinese regions as far apart as Sichuan in the southwest and Gansu in the northwest are at heightened risk of natural disasters in the coming days amid another round of torrential rain, the country's weather bureau said on Thursday.

23 Jul 2020

Major quake strikes off Alaska, briefly sounding tsunami warning

ANCHORAGE, Alaska A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck near the Alaskan peninsula late Tuesday, shaking buildings, but there were no immediate reports of injuries and the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center canceled an earlier warning of potentially hazardous waves.

23 Jul 2020

Floods in India, Nepal displace nearly 4 million people, at least 189 dead

GUWAHATI, India/KATHMANDU, Nepal Nearly four million people in India's northeastern state of Assam and neighbouring Nepal have been displaced by heavy flooding from monsoon rains, with dozens missing as deaths rose to at least 189, government officials said on Sunday.

World, South Asia, Top News 19 Jul 2020

Quake of magnitude 7 hits Papua New Guinea, tsunami risk fades

A warning for "hazardous tsunami waves" was issued briefly for coastal regions within 300 kms (186.41 miles) of Wau in Papua New Guinea's northeast, after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the region, the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

17 Jul 2020

Democrats see surging donations as they seek U.S. Senate majority

WASHINGTON Campaign donations are flooding into the coffers of Democrats running for the U.S. Senate, but some Republican incumbents looking to protect their Senate majority hold a powerful cash advantage over their challengers as the election battle enters its final months.

16 Jul 2020

Residents at China's giant lake unfazed as rainfall breaks records

SUZHOU, China Around one of China's biggest freshwater lakes, residents said they were confident they could fend off this year's floods, even as rainfall continues to break records. | Video

15 Jul 2020