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Covid-19: Why it is so difficult for Africa to ‘flatten the curve’

Several factors unique to the continent will complicate the efforts to reduce coronavirus infections

Even superpowers can’t handle superstorms

Before we get to the response to Cyclone Idai, it is worth reminding ourselves about how richer countries respond to similar natural disasters.

Mozambique, Zimbabwe cyclone deaths exceed 300 as UN boosts aid

Over 300 people have died and 350 000 at risk as Cyclone Idai tears through southern Africa

Zim cyclone survivors tearfully list dead relatives

The eastern district of Chimanimani was worst-hit, with houses and most of the region's bridges washed away by flash floods

India ignored warnings of Kerala flood disaster: experts

Muralee Thummarukudy, a UN disaster response expert, and ecologist Madhav Gadgil warned in 2011 that a mega-monsoon was inevitable

Bali raises volcano alert to highest level

Massive columns of thick grey smoke have been pouring out of Mount Agung and have shot more than three kilometres into the sky

Africa’s most costly disaster zones

The UN has predicted which eight countries will be most at risk when nature unleashes its force.

At least 61 killed in massive landslide in Colombia

A Colombian landslide has wiped everything in its wake, nearly obliterating the small town of Santa Margarita.

Flood-hit Malawi faces aid deficit

International help and pledges fall far short of the $65-million needed to deal with the disaster.

48 dead, 70 000 homeless in Malawi floods

Since the flooding started, 13 999 households have been affected, 69 995 people rendered homeless, and 48 lives have so far been lost.

More than 2 100 confirmed dead in Afghan landslide

Officials have given up hope of finding survivors and begun helping the more than 4 000 displaced villagers in the area.

Fishermen approve plan to release groundwater from Fukushima plant

Local fisheries unions have agreed to allow the Fukushima plant to release uncontaminated groundwater from around the nuclear facility into the sea.

Mass evacuations as cyclone hits southeast India

Hundreds of thousands were evacuated as a severe cyclone slammed into southeastern India, packing strong winds and torrential rains.

World sends emergency relief to battered Philippines

The UN, Australia and the US have mobilised emergency aid as the scale of the devastation unleashed by super typhoon Haiyan emerges.

Battered Oklahoma hit by more tornadoes

Oklahoma has been hit by deadly tornadoes not far from the town of Moore, where a powerful twister struck less than two weeks ago, killing 24 people.

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