RedskyNews Category: Af – Environment

UN Declares Famine In Somalia

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The UN officially declared famine in two southern Somalia regions Wednesday as the world slowly mobilised to save 12 million people battling hunger in the region’s worst drought in 60 years. The United States urged Al Qaeda-inspired Shebab rebels controlling

Global Effort Needed In Africa

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Britain’s aid secretary has urged the global community to help people in drought-hit east Africa avoid a “catastrophe”. It comes as the UK pledged $80 million in emergency aid to help millions of people affected by the disaster. The United

Rudd Pledges Aid For Africans

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has announced Australia will contribute more than $11 million to help African drought victims. The UN says 12 million people are being affected by the worst drought to hit the Horn of Africa in nearly 60

Somalia Drought “Worst Disaster”

Doha, Qatar — The head of the United Nations refugee agency has described the situation in drought-hit Somalia as the “worst humanitarian disaster” in the world, after meeting with those affected at the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. The camp,

At Least 29 Dead In Nigerian Floods

LAGOS, Nigeria – Nigerian emergency authorities say at least 29 people have died in weekend floods in two cities of Africa’s most populous nation. A spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday that at least 20 people died

Volcanic Ash Turns Moon To Blood

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The moon turns red during total Lunar Eclipse of the moon seen in Nairobio, Kenya, June 15, 2011. Asian and African night owls were treated to a lunar eclipse, and ash in the atmosphere from a Chilean volcano turned it

Storm Brings Down UN Jet

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – Thirty-two people died when a UN plane crashed as it tried to land in torrential rain in the Democratic Republic of Congo capital on Monday, a UN spokesman said. It is one of the worst disasters

Congo: 50 Mil. Without Clean Water

An estimated 51 million people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – or three quarters of the population – have no access to safe drinking water, even though the country holds over half of Africa’s water reserves, the

Race To Save Oil Slick Penguins

Oil-slicked Rockhopper penguins were being collected and taken off three Tristan da Cunha islands to the main island to be stored in a shed for treatment, cleaning and eventual release. “Five hundred Rockhoppers were brought ashore on Tristan this morning,”

Cholera Epidemic Kills 60 In Ghana

ACCRA (Reuters) – A cholera epidemic in Ghana has killed 60 people and infected almost 4,000 since the first cases emerged last September, with 482 new cases reported this week alone, health authorities said on Friday. The outbreak, which started