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Stories about Disaster

28 August 2015

Uncovering Attempts to Hide Oil's Footprints in Peru

This is the first part of an investigation by Convoca based on more than 1,000 environmental monitoring reports of hydrocarbons and electricity that were archived by three governments in Peru.

Mother Nature Hits ‘Nature Isle’ Dominica Hard With Tropical Storm Erika

"Nature gave the Nature Isle a rough make over" as the first major tropical storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season hit the Caribbean island of Dominica.

13 August 2015

After “Grossly Distorting” UN Views on the Internally Displaced Ata-Manobos, the Philippine Military Apologizes

"The community wishes to return to its lands but stressed that they will only feel safe to do so if the long-term militarization of their region comes to an end."

8 August 2015

After 515 Days, Discovered Debris Raises More Questions For Flight 370 Families in China

Contradictions in investigations rekindled frustration among the families of passengers on the missing plane.

7 August 2015

How Social Media Moved People to Act in Flood-Ravaged Myanmar

"This time the flood is being covered minute-by-minute via social media and we can see how authorities have responded, for better or for worse."

Before and After the Bomb: an Interactive Tour of Nagasaki

The Nagasaki Archive is an interactive web tool based on Google Earth that explores Nagasaki - before and after the atomic bombing of August 9th, 1945.

1 August 2015

Government Aid Is Slow to Arrive as More than 100,000 Affected by Floods in North Myanmar

Despite non-stop rains and expanded flooding in the past week, the government waited until July 31 to declare a state of emergency on July 31.

24 July 2015

New Video Shows How Japan's Urato Islands Are Bouncing Back Post-Tsunami

For the islands, everything changed on March 11, 2011, when a devastating tsunami swept away everything from houses to oyster beds.

23 July 2015

How Boko Haram Is Changing International Politics in Western and Central Africa

Boko Haram has revved up its attacks against many African nations in the past several weeks. Here is a recap of the conflict in the region so far this year.

20 July 2015

An Open Letter to Russia's Silent National TV Networks

RuNet Echo

Almost two dozen soldiers died on July 13, when part of a military barracks in Omsk collapsed. Russian national television has not been eager to cover the tragedy.

19 July 2015

In Nepal, One Problem Is the Earthquake Didn't Knock Down Enough Houses

The massive earthquake damaged hundreds of thousands of buildings, but it didn't knock them all down. The focus now is building temporary shelter, mostly using whatever materials are on hand.

8 July 2015

As Typhoon Season Approaches, Families Displaced Last Year Still Await Permanent Shelter in the Philippines

"To lose my children is hard enough. All I wish now is that the government takes care of the shelter so I can start over again."

7 July 2015

Film Explores Haiti's Only Free School for Children With Disabilities

"Only 1 in 50 Haitian children with disabilities attend school. This is a tremendous setback both for the children who stay home, and for parents..."

3 July 2015

Outrage as Ghana Demolishes ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’, the Country's Biggest Slum

Many Ghanaians have accused the government of failing to make good on its promise to help Old Fadama residents whose businesses and houses were destroyed.

2 July 2015

In Deadly Heatwave, Karachi's Citizens Adopt Neglected Government Hospitals to Save Lives

Many of Karachi's 65,000 heatwave victims ended up in the city's poorly run government hospitals. Several organizations and individuals have stepped up to better the situation.

1 July 2015

As Karachi Succumbs to a Record-Breaking Heatwave, Social Media to the Rescue

The Bridge

As a heatwave grips parts of Pakistan, dilapidated government hospitals struggle to cope with the influx of heatstroke patients. A tweet from Faisal Kapadia helps ease the situation in Karachi.

26 June 2015

A Tragic Ramadan in Yemen as Saudi-Led Coalition Bombardment Continues

Yemenis welcomed their first day of Ramadan, the holy Muslim month of fasting, with more airstrikes from Saudi Arabia. Noon Arabia highlights the tragedy Yemen is going through this month.

21 June 2015

Bangladesh's Monsoon Season Arrives, Bringing Joy, Headaches and Wonderful Photos

The beginning of Monsoon season is something to celebrate but flooding causes major disruptions to people's day-to-day lives.

15 June 2015

Yemen's Heritage, a Victim of War

Yemen's age old heritage is being pounded into rubble as Saudi-led airstrikes which have killed more than 2,500 people continue. Will the world now take notice?

13 June 2015

Japan Expecting a Summer of Weird, Wild Weather

The return of El Nino in 2015 is causing wild weather in Japan, including heavy rains that have so far driven more than 30,000 people from their homes.

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