Tag Archives: Refugees

Bottleneck paralyses Haiti relief efforts

International relief to quake-devastated Haiti was reduced to a trickle this morning after the capital’s airport was overwhelmed by a sudden influx of aid planes, as the country’s President said 7,000 victims had already been buried in a mass grave.

The Haitian quake explained

The earthquake that devastated Haiti Tuesday was the strongest temblor to hit the island nation in more than 200 years. The magnitude 7.0 quake caused tremendous damage that officials have yet to fully characterize, and the death toll may run

Natural disasters displacing millions

Floods, storms, drought and other climate-related natural disasters drove 20 million people from their homes last year, nearly four times as many as were displaced by conflicts, a new U.N. report said on Tuesday. The study tried to quantify for

Melting ice will trigger wave of natural disasters

Scientists at a London conference next week will warn of earthquakes, avalanches and volcanic eruptions as the atmosphere heats up and geology is altered. Even Britain could face being struck by tsunamis . Scientists are to outline dramatic evidence that

Christians Arrested for Helping Sichuan Earthquake Victims

In a bizarre turn of the situation, two Chinese Christians and relief helpers of the Sichuan earthquake were arrested and tried for what officials called ‘disturbing the peace and endangering the health of others.” U.S.-based ChinaAid Association (CAA) reported Friday

Heavy Rains, Fierce Floods displace 350,000 in West Africa

Some 350,000 people in West Africa have been affected by serious flooding, the United Nations said Friday, noting that “significant” rainfall has lashed the region this year. “Since June, the rainy season has been more significant, there has been much

Heavy rains flood camps for displaced Sri Lankans

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Heavy rains have caused havoc in camps housing nearly 300,000 people displaced by war in Sri Lanka’s war-ravaged north, an official said Sunday. The flooding has raised fears for the welfare of the ethnic Tamils living

UN Chief’s warning – the end of the world is nigh

We have just four months. Four months to secure the future of our planet.” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has such a low profile on the world stage that he’s referred to as “the invisible man”. Perhaps in an effort

Typhoon Morakot sparks exodus: up to 1,000 missing in Taiwan

Fears were growing for 1,000 villagers in southern Taiwan who were declared ‘missing’ on Monday after a typoon resulted in a landslide that buried up to 200 houses under a wall of mud. Typhoon Morakot has battered the Philippines, Taiwan

PHILIPPINES: 375,000 displaced by fierce floods

MANILA, 3 August 2009 (IRIN) – At least eight people have drowned and more than 375,000 been affected by massive flooding after heavy rains continued on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, according to disaster relief officials on 3 August.

Massive explosion of fierce forest fires ravage western Canada

Firefighters in British Columbia struggled Sunday morning to contain some 500 forest fires that have forced the evacuation of 2,700 people and left 2,300 more ready to leave at a moment’s notice. Wild Winds and a lack of humidity helped

India army called in as massive floods overwhelm defences

Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:11pm IST LUCKNOW, India, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The Indian army was called in to rescue tens of thousands of stranded villagers in northern India, officials said on Tuesday, as floods destroyed homes and swamped one

Death and Destruction in Philippines typhoon

MANILA, Sept 22 (AFP) Sep 22, 2008 Numerous people killed, about 2,000 displaced and ferry services suspended as Typhoon Hagupit battered the central Philippines with heavy rain, rescuers said Monday.

‘Scores die’ in Chinese floods

Heavy rain in southern China has caused major flooding and killed more than 170 people, state media says. Daniel Griffiths reports from Beijing.

Climate Change produces The world’s first rising seas “refugees”

PORT MORESBY, The 1,500 residents of Carteret Island, an atoll of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, are fast becoming the world’s first climate change refugees.

Quake lake mass evacuation

Almost 160,000 people have been evacuated from areas below a rising “quake lake” in Sichuan, following China’s earthquake on 12 May.