Tag - floods



Palm trees in strong winds as the second and more powerful of two atmospheric river storms arrives to Santa Barbara, California, on Sunday
WORLD / Society
Feb 6, 2024
Pacific storm batters California with high winds, flooding and mudslides
The storm system, caused by dense moisture from the subtropical waters around Hawaii, is affecting areas that are home to some 35 million people.
A Khudi Bari tiny home in Char Shildaha, Bangladesh
Dec 30, 2023
Bangladesh's tiny houses tackle giant flood challenge
The Khudi Bari — resilient tiny homes made on bamboo stilts rising out of the floodwaters that are also easy to move to safer locations when needed — offers hope to millions.
The city of Lyon after sunrise from the Fourviere esplanade as France issued a "red alert" for four southern regions amid a spell of excessively hot weather in August.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Oct 25, 2023
Record-breaking weather in 2023 shows impact of climate change
July was not only the hottest month in over 170 years of record-keeping, but likely the hottest month in over 100,000 years.
Climate activists protest demanding that the World Bank stop fossil fuel financing on the first day of the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, in Marrakech, Morocco, on Monday
Oct 13, 2023
Why money matters when taking climate change to court
More litigation funding for climate lawsuits could mean more cases.
A man carrying shovels walks along an area affected by a flood near the bank of the Teesta River in Singtam, Sikkim, India, on Thursday.
Oct 7, 2023
A calamitous flood shows the dangers lurking in melting glaciers
At least 26 people were killed in the tiny state of Sikkim. But as much as the disaster was a shock, it was hardly a surprise.
A mother carries her child inside her burnt house, following a wildfire in Bejaia, Algeria, on July 25
WORLD / Society
Oct 6, 2023
Tens of millions of children uprooted by climate disasters
Weather disasters fueled by climate change sparked 43.1 million child displacements from 2016 to 2021, the U.N. Children's Fund has warned.
A collapsed road near the Saji River in Tottori Prefecture after Typhoon Lan hit the region in August
Sep 25, 2023
Japan to introduce new system for sharing disaster information
The digitalized system is expected to facilitate smoother communication and swift rescue and recovery efforts.
Search and rescue volunteers in Derna, Libya, on Tuesday.
WORLD / Society
Sep 20, 2023
Journalists ordered out of flood-hit Libyan city after protests
An official in the administration that runs eastern Libya said that the decision to move journalists was unrelated to the protests there overnight.
A car sits precariously above debris in Libya's eastern city of Derna on Monday following deadly flash floods.
WORLD / Society
Sep 19, 2023
A week after floods, Libyans haunted by fate of the missing
Thousands are dead and thousands more missing. Officials using different methodologies have given widely varying figures of the tolls.
The aviation industry has promised to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, but harsher weather conditions are already forcing a rethink of critical infrastructure in airports and airfields across the world.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Sep 18, 2023
Extreme weather is forcing redesign of world’s busiest airports
From flooded substations and overheating electronic systems to cracking runways, most airports weren’t built to endure what climate change has in store.
A car is buried in rubble and debris in the aftermath of a devastating flood in al-Bayda, Libya, on Saturday.
WORLD / Science & Health / FOCUS
Sep 17, 2023
'They knew': Warnings went unheeded before deadly Libya flood
Many Libyans are angry that warnings were ignored that could have possibly prevented the worst disaster in the country's modern history.
Rescuers gather on Thursday amid the rubble of buildings damaged or leveled in flash floods after a Mediterranean storm hit the eastern Libyan city of Derna.
WORLD / Society
Sep 15, 2023
Most Libya flood casualties could have been avoided, U.N. says
With better functioning coordination in the country, the human toll could have been far smaller, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization has said.
People look on at what remains of Derna, Libya, on Thursday.
WORLD / Society
Sep 15, 2023
Libyans come together for flood aid effort despite conflict
Inside Derna, where a torrent washed away whole districts, volunteers from Misrata, Tripoli and Benghazi were distributing clothes and food packages.
Members of rescue teams from the Egyptian army carry a body as they walk through mud between buildings destroyed by flooding in Derna, Libya, on Wednesday.
WORLD / Society
Sep 14, 2023
Libyan flood survivor recounts horror in Derna after dams burst
'We walked out barefoot and saw our friends and neighbors dying around us,' said Ruba Hatem Yassine. 'And we couldn’t do anything.'
A man stands next to a damaged car in Derna, after a powerful storm and heavy rainfall hit Libya on Tuesday.
WORLD / Society
Sep 13, 2023
Over 5,000 dead in Libya as dam collapses worsen flood disaster
Libya, a North African nation splintered by a war, was ill-prepared for the storm, which swept across the Mediterranean Sea to batter its coastline.
Destroyed vehicles and damaged buildings in the eastern city of Benghazi, Libya, on Monday
Sep 12, 2023
Libya flood leaves 2,000 dead and thousands missing
Videos of Derna showed a wide torrent running through the city center where a far narrower waterway had previously flowed.
A man walks on a bridge over a swollen river on Lantau Island in Hong Kong on Friday.
Sep 8, 2023
Hong Kong's heaviest rain since 1884 floods city streets and metro
Videos circulating on social media showed streets turning into raging rivers, with one showing water gushing down an escalator into a subway station.
The port in Ensenada as Tropical Storm Hilary hits Baja California state, Mexico, on Sunday.
WORLD / Society
Aug 21, 2023
Storm Hilary puts California at risk of catastrophic flooding
A state of emergency was declared for much of Southern California, with flash flood warnings throughout a region more accustomed to drought.
A lifeguard asks a young man to leave the beach in Los Cabos in Mexico's Baja California state as Hurricane Hilary brings heavy rains to the area.
Aug 20, 2023
Hurricane Hilary hits Mexico and California with heavy rains
The storm had weakened Saturday from a powerful Category 4 to Category 2, but it was still deemed capable of "extensive damage."
Residents walk past trees and powerlines that were downed following the passage of Hurricane Fiona, later downgraded to a post-tropical storm, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in September 2022.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Aug 19, 2023
Climate haven no more? Floods and fires ravage eastern Canada
Storms, floods, a cold snap and record wildfires have all battered the eastern province of Nova Scotia over the past year.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves