Sep 19, 2014

Disasters displaced far more than violent conflicts did in 2013: expert

Disasters last year displaced three times more people than violent conflicts, showing the urgent need to improve resilience for vulnerable people when fighting climate change, according to a study issued Wednesday. The Norwegian Refugee Council, an independent group that focuses on emergency aid, released ...

State's flood response angers Kashmiris

Sep 14, 2014

State's flood response angers Kashmiris

Residents of Indian Kashmir turned their wrath on state administrators, accusing them of failing to provide them with help after the worst flooding in over a century, and angrily dumped food parcels into gutters. A week into the disaster, which one state official estimates ...

India's Srinagar submerged as floods 'take out' city

Sep 12, 2014

India's Srinagar submerged as floods 'take out' city

The main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir has “drowned completely” under floodwaters, a senior official said Friday, with the deadly inundation now affecting about 2 million people in neighboring Pakistan and threatening its all-important cotton industry. The floods began in Kashmir after heavy monsoon rains ...

Major river overflows, threatening Pakistan city

Sep 11, 2014

Major river overflows, threatening Pakistan city

Raging monsoon floods across India and Pakistan that have killed more than 450 people poured into the plains of eastern Punjab province on Wednesday, sending a major river over its banks and threatening to force hundreds of thousands from their homes. The Chenab River ...

Sep 11, 2014

Rain lashes northern areas as low rolls through

Heavy rain fell in many regions Thursday as a low pressure system made the atmosphere extremely unstable in northern and eastern parts of the country. The Meteorological Agency issued a special warning to the Ishikari region in Hokkaido and urged caution against floods and ...

Sep 9, 2014

India, Pakistan floods death toll tops 400

The death toll from floods in India and Pakistan has reached 400 as authorities warned of more flooding in the days ahead. The floods have put half a million people in peril and rendered thousands homeless. Pakistani and Indian troops have been using boats ...

Aug 22, 2014

Improving disaster preparedness

Japan's municipal authorities must examine why their collective past experience with torrential rains failed to prevent the deaths of dozens of people in mudslides that engulfed hilly residential areas of Hiroshima early Wednesday.

Mudslides kill 36 in Hiroshima

Aug 20, 2014

Mudslides kill 36 in Hiroshima

At least 36 people were confirmed dead and seven remained missing after torrential rain sparked flooding and landslides in the city of Hiroshima on Wednesday, according to police. A 2-year-old boy was pronounced dead after being buried for two hours in a mudslide, while ...