Indonesia Tsunami Toll Hits 435

Indonesia has ramped up efforts to help those on remote islands hit by a devastating tsunami as an official put the latest death toll at 435, with 110 missing and feared dead. Rescuers trying to reach isolated villages were hampered

India: Giant Wave Sinks Ferry

TWO more bodies have been pulled from a fast-flowing river in eastern India, taking the death toll to 18 after an overcrowded ferry capsized and sank, with scores of people still missing. Coastguard and navy vessels searched for further victims

Indonesia: Krakatoa is Erupting

Video Report: Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano in Sunda Strait, straddling East Java and Sumatra, has spewed ash and flaming rocks. Krakatoa erupted and blew apart in 1883 sending tsunamis as high as 151ft crashing into local islands and some which

Hiding Tsunami Victims Found Alive

Scores of people feared dead in Indonesia’s tsunami disaster zone have been found alive as rescue workers spread out to remote island communities five days after the killer wave. The discovery came as Indonesia struggled with disaster on two fronts

2010 Exceptional for Disasters

Catastrophic floods in Pakistan, wildfires in Russia, hurricanes in Mexico: 2010 has so far been an “exceptional” year for weather disasters, German reinsurance giant Munich Re have said. “This year really has been a year of weather records,” Peter Hoeppe,

Tsunami Death Toll Tops 400

Mentawai, West Sumatra. Indonesia struggled with twin disasters Saturday as the death toll from a tsunami topped 400 and the archipelago’s most active volcano erupted again, spreading panic and ash over a vast area. Rescuers were battling bad weather and

Thick Ash Cloud Hits Indonesia

The new eruption of the Merapi vulcano lasted more than 20 minutes this morning. The ashcloud reached Yogyakarta, 25 km away. People in the city started to experience respiratory problems. The Volcanology Technology Development and Study (BPPTK) Agency in Yogyakarta

Africa: Lake Chad is Disappearing

The future of rapidly shrinking Lake Chad will have a profound impact on peace and security in central Africa and coordinated action is needed to save it, Chad’s prime minister said on Friday. “Saving Lake Chad requires us all to

Hurricane Shary Passing Bermuda

HAMILTON, Bermuda – Bermuda urged islanders to secure their boats as Shary strengthened to become a hurricane Saturday, but authorities said the storm was missing the tiny British Atlantic territory. Authorities discontinued the tropical storm warning for Bermuda late Friday

Anak Krakatau Ready to Blow

Mount Anak Krakatau, located in the waters of the Sunda Strait continues to demonstrate its activity with two or alert level status. While Dempo still active volcano normal. In addition to experiencing seismicity, Mount Anak Krakatau also continue to release

Latest Merapi Eruption Biggest Yet

Yogyakarta. Geologists have confirmed that Mount Merapi’s eruption early on Saturday morning was its biggest this week, spreading ashfall all the way to Yogyakarta, some 30 kilometers away. Sri Sumarti, the Merapi section head at the Volcano Investigation and Technology

Tsunami Warning Buoys Vandalised

Indonesian officials have revealed significant holes in the tsunami warning system as the death toll from Monday’s tsunami climbed to more than 400. Hopes are fading for more than 300 others still listed as missing after the huge wave, triggered

US Pledges 2 Million for Indonesia

Ambassador Scot Marciel has announced that the U.S. Government Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) will provide USD 2 million in humanitarian assistance in response to the eruption of Mount Merapi and tsunami in the Mentawai Islands. The Ambassador made

River Amazon: Brazil Runs Dry

Video Report: A severe drought pushes river levels in Brazil’s Amazon region to record lows, isolating communities and strangling vital boat transport links.Simon Hanna reports.

Nations Agree Deal to Save Nature

Delegates from nearly 200 nations agreed on Friday to a sweeping plan to stem the loss of species by setting new 2020 targets to ensure greater protection of nature and enshrine the benefits it gives mankind. Environment ministers from around

BP Blamed For Skipping Cement Test

Halliburton admitted skipping a key cement test before the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico blowout, as the oil services behemoth found itself Friday day in the crosshairs of a US presidential probe. But the company, in a statement late Thursday, said