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 ...

Super Typhoon Rammasun kills eight in China

Jul 19, 2014

Super Typhoon Rammasun kills eight in China

The strongest storm to hit southern China in more than 40 years has killed at least eight people there, state media said Saturday, after causing devastation in the Philippines. Rammasun first made landfall in China on Friday afternoon as a super typhoon, packing winds ...

Jul 7, 2014

Torrential downpours hit Kyushu; flood warning issued

Northern Kyushu was lashed with heavy downpours Monday morning, triggering a high flood risk in rivers in an around Kumamoto Prefecture, NHK television reported. The Meteorological Agency has warned of potential landslides and river floods, adding floods may go above floor levels in low-lying ...

Ladykillers: Hurricanes with feminine names 'most deadly'

Jun 3, 2014

Ladykillers: Hurricanes with feminine names 'most deadly'

Would more residents of New Orleans have evacuated ahead of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 if it had been named Kurt? A study published Monday suggests they would have, perhaps reducing Katrina’s death toll of more than 1,800. Because people unconsciously think a storm with ...

Deadly floods recede to reveal Balkan desolation

May 23, 2014

Deadly floods recede to reveal Balkan desolation

Floodwaters crept lower in the shell-shocked Balkans on Thursday to reveal widespread devastation from the region’s deadliest natural disaster since records began more than a century ago. As thousands of relief workers began an immense clean-up operation, the first of some 150,000 people evacuated ...

Disease warning issued in deluged, grieving Balkans

May 21, 2014

Disease warning issued in deluged, grieving Balkans

Officials in the Balkans warned Tuesday of the risk of epidemics as the death toll from the worst floods in over a century hit 49 and water levels in Serbia inched ever higher. Bosnia, where a million people were without drinking water, was in ...

Balkan floods, landslides take toll

May 19, 2014

Balkan floods, landslides take toll

Floodwaters triggered more than 3,000 landslides across the Balkans on Sunday, laying waste to entire towns and villages and disturbing land mines left over from the region’s 1990s war, along with warning signs that marked the unexploded weapons. The Balkans’ worst flooding since record-keeping ...

Balkan floods called worst in a century

May 18, 2014

Balkan floods called worst in a century

Packed into buses, boats and helicopters, carrying nothing but a handful of belongings, tens of thousands fled their homes Saturday in Bosnia and Serbia to escape the worst flooding in a century. Rapidly rising rivers surged into homes, sometimes reaching up to the second ...