Aug 20, 2015

Hiroshima marks anniversary of deadly mudslides

The Hiroshima municipal and prefectural governments held a memorial service on Thursday afternoon to mark the first anniversary of mudslides that killed 75 people. In the morning before the ceremony, families of the victims and other mourners laid flowers and gifts and prayed for ...

Jul 30, 2015

At least 15 dead as landslides bury Nepal villages

Landslides in a mountainous area of Nepal buried two villages Thursday, killing at least 15 people with several more believed to be buried, authorities said. The Home Ministry said 11 people were killed when the landslide triggered by heavy overnight rainfall buried the village ...

Jan 20, 2015

14 killed, thousands displaced by Madagascar tropical storm

At least 14 people were killed over the weekend when the island nation of Madagascar was battered by a tropical storm, officials said Monday. Tropical storm Chedza has displaced more than 36,000 Madagascans, said the National Office of Risk and Catastrophe Management. Most of ...

Nov 12, 2014

Government beefs up law to help prevent landslide disasters

The Diet enacted a bill to revise the landslide disaster prevention law on Wednesday, after mudslides killed more than 70 people in the city of Hiroshima in August. The revised law allows the central government to demand that prefectural governments speed up basic surveys ...

Italian floods hit agriculture, draw accusations of neglect

Nov 6, 2014

Italian floods hit agriculture, draw accusations of neglect

Floods coursed through Italy on Wednesday, damaging agriculture and reviving a controversy over environmental neglect. Italy’s agricultural heartland in the fertile north was particularly heavily hit by the flooding. National agriculture association CIA said mud and water had destroyed orchards and vineyards in the ...

How vulnerable is Japan to severe weather?

| Sep 8, 2014

How vulnerable is Japan to severe weather?


The deadly mudslides in Hiroshima and other parts of western Japan last month caused by torrential rains have raised concerns about how vulnerable Japan is to such natural disasters, especially given severe weather events due to climate change. While a combination of factors were ...