Cairns – Australians voiced relief and surprise on Thursday after one of the world’s most powerful cyclones spared the nation’s northeast coast from expected devastation, with no reported deaths despite winds tearing off roofs and toppling trees.
Cyclone Yasi, roughly the size of Italy and packing winds of up to around 300km per hour, threatened Australia [...]
Natural disasters are tending to kill fewer people but climate change may add to the toll by unleashing more extreme weather and causing after-effects such as disease and malnutrition, experts say.
Better warnings of cyclones or heat waves and an easing of poverty in developing nations in the past few decades have made many nations [...]
Islamabad – A month after torrential monsoon rains triggered Pakistan’s worst natural disaster on record, flood waters are starting to recede – but leave countless survivors at risk of death from hunger and disease.
The disaster has killed at least 1 643 people, forced more than six million from their homes, inflicted billions of dollars of [...]