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Storm Stella wreaks havoc in United States northeast

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Snow blanketed the streets, flights cancelled, schools closed and traffic became jammed as Storm Stella hits US A massive winter storm has hit much of the Northeast as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania declare states of emergency. Winter storm Stella shut down schools, government offices and public transportation systems and cancelled thousands of flights across the country. The ... Read More »

Strong Earthquake in Italy kills at least 120, leaves towns in ruins

A man walks amidst rubble following an earthquake in Pescara del Tronto. Photo: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Deadly earthquake rocks central Italy; at least 120 dead and toll expected to rise At least 120 people have died after a powerful earthquake struck a remote area of central Italy on Wednesday, said Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, warning that the figure could still rise. Many people are missing and rescuers desperately digging through the rubble to free survivors. An ... Read More »

Flash floods, landslides kill 46 in Indonesia

Flash floods, landslides kill 46 in Indonesia

The districts of Purworejo, Banjarnegara and Kebumen are the hardest-hit areas, and most of the casualties came from there JAKARATA (Indonesia) – The death toll from a series of flash floods and landslides that occurred in 16 districts in Central Java over the weekend has risen to 46, according to Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB). The landslides buried dozens ... Read More »

Ecuador earthquake toll rises to 350, more than 2500 injured

Powerful quake kills 77 in Ecuador

About 10,000 troops have been deployed to the coastal areas, with 3,500 extra national police officers sent to affected towns A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador’s central coast Saturday evening, killing hundreds and devastating entire regions of the country. The death toll from Saturday’s earthquake has risen to 350. The new number was given to reporters Sunday night. President Rafael ... Read More »

Powerful 7.8 magnitude quake hits Indonesia

Powerful 7.8 magnitude quake hits Indonesia

The undersea quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres Southwest of Sumatra JAKARTA (Indonesia) – A magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck offs the coast of Indonesia, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake was centered in the Indian Ocean about 410 miles (660 kilometers) southwest of Muara Siberut and roughly 500 miles west-southwest of Padang, which is on the west coast ... Read More »

Strong earthquake strikes southern Taiwan

Strong earthquake strikes southern Taiwan

One 17 story apartment building collapsed; two bodies found in the rubble and many trapped after earthquake jolts Taiwan TAINAN (Taiwan) – A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck southern Taiwan on Saturday before sunrise, five people were dead and at least 462 people were hurt. Toppling multiples buildings in Tainan City, including a 17 story residential apartment building with possibly hundreds ... Read More »

More than 600,000 people killed due to weather disasters in last 2 decades

Around 90 percent of disasters in the last 20 years have been caused by 6,457 floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events

Weather-related disasters have become more frequent over the last 20 years, claiming more than 600,000 lives, a new UN report claimed on Monday, urging nations to take serious action on climate change. Around 90 percent of disasters in the last 20 years have been caused by 6,457 floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events — and these weather-spawned disasters are ... Read More »

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