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September 21, 2017: The destructive M7.1 (magnitude 7.1 on the Richter Scale) earthquake that shook Mexico City occurred even as an international non-profit was conducting a safety drill in the Mexican capital.

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August 26, 2017: Hurricane Harvey has weakened since it hit South Texas head-on late Friday but forecasters say water levels will still rise as torrential rain and blasting winds continue over the next days.

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August 04, 2017: The Gujarat government, through the special gazette issued on Tuesday, declared Banaskantha and Patan as ‘disaster affected areas’. The government notified this gazette to concerned district authorities on Wednesday and informed them that their districts fall under disaster affected areas under Gujarat State Disaster Management Act, 2003. The status of disaster affected areas will remain for the period of 15 days.

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Kolkata, August 05, 2017: The Mamata Banerjee government is likely to write a letter to the Centre to declare the recent floods in West Bengal a national disaster. According to a senior state government official, a review meeting on the flood situation in 14 districts of the state is likely be held at the state secretariat tomorrow in the presence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. After that a letter is likely to be sent to the BJP-led Central government to declare the current flood situation in West Bengal as a national disaster and release funds, the official said. “The Central government has released funds for Gujarat but it’s almost the same situation here in our state. So we will also demand from the Centre to declare it as a national disaster and release funds,” he said.

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New Delhi, July 29, 2017: Heavy rains flooded many parts in Rajasthan and triggered landslides in Himachal Pradesh while three more deaths were reported in West Bengal, where the situation improved slightly.

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New Delhi, July 31, 2017: The spate of floods in Assam, West Bengal, Gujarat among other parts of the country this monsoon season is part of a global phenomenon that shows a marked increase in frequency and extent of natural disasters in the last six decades or so, data has revealed.

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Bhubaneswar, July 26, 2017: The north Odisha districts are likely to escape a major flood this time as the water level went down in almost all rivers on Wednesday.

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Rajkot, July 23, 2017: Torrential rains intensified once again across Gujarat on Saturday claiming three lives and forcing evacuation or shifting of over more than 7,000 people mainly in three districts of Saurashtra - Surendranagar, Rajkot and Morbi. Deaths were reported from Rajkot, Amreli and Narmada districts.

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Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) began their exploration of reactor 3 on Wednesday, July 19 to determine the conditions in the Primary Containment Vessel (PCV) of Fukushima Power Plant. For the first time, TEPCO seems to have found evidence of resolidified melted fuel in the submerged reactor.

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Tokyo (Japan), June 28, 2017: Three former executives at Fukushima's operator stand trial this week on the only criminal charges laid in the 2011 disaster, as thousands remain unable to return to homes near the shuttered nuclear plant.

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June 25, 2017: Rescuers pulled 15 bodies from an avalanche of rocks that buried a mountain village in southwest China on Saturday as an increasingly bleak search for some 100 people carried into the night.

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Johannesburg, May 22, 2017: A statement released Monday by Premier Helen Zille’s office said: “The most immediate interventions, in the coming days will include drilling of boreholes at hospitals and in schools in high-risk water scarce areas.”

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Pacific (New Caledonia), April 14, 2017: There has been a call for a state of natural disaster to be declared in the parts of New Caledonia worst hit by Cyclone Cook on Monday.

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Mexico City, April 13, 2017: According to the latest data, a total of 320 people were killed by the mudslide, 118 children among them, UNGRD said on Wednesday. At least 332 people were injured.

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April 12, 2017: Massive flooding in Eastern Bay of Plenty has destroyed homes and businesses, leaving many people homeless and forcing many more to evacuate.

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Oso, Washington, April 10, 2017: A slow-moving landslide near the site of a Washington state mudslide that wiped out a neighborhood and killed 43 people in 2014 has prompted officials to close a state highway as a precaution and recommend evacuations for a handful of residents, officials said.

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Most of the attention in the South China Sea has focused on China’s military activities. But the impending natural disaster there is also cause for concern. As a recent report makes clear there’s been significant coral loss due to seawater warming. But apart from ocean warming, the Chinese government, through over-fishing and reef destruction, is contributing to the devastation.

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has declared the biting famine in the country a national calamity as the young nation runs out of cash to buy food for the starving populations.

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Jakarta, April 08, 2017: Fresh cracks in the soil and walls of houses in a small, hillside village in Ponorogo, East Java, have triggered panic among 270 villagers, causing them to leave their homes for fear of falling victim to a landslide, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said in Jakarta on Friday.

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Lucena City, April 09, 2017: After a swarm of earthquakes rocked parts of Southern Luzon on Saturday, more than 5,500 individuals were evacuated in different towns in Batangas province, a disaster official in the Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon (Calabarzon) region said Sunday.

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Kumamoto, April 10, 2017: Approximately 130,000 earthquakes have occurred here in the year since the double earthquake disaster in April 2016, the Meteorological Research Institute of Japan's Meteorological Agency has found.

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According to a new catastrophe report from global reinsurance intermediary Aon Benfield, severe weather in the US is expected to cost insurers more than US$2 billion in March.

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April 06, 2017: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says the mudslide that obliterated part of the city of Mocoa has killed at least 293 people and a large number of people are still missing.

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April 07, 2017: Edgecumbe is best-known for being struck, in 1987, by an earthquake that caused widespread damage. It was that quake that made the already low-lying town particularly flood-prone.

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Lima, April 05, 2017: South America is in the grip of an unprecedented climate phenomenon that has unleashed unusually heavy rains and taken a destructive toll. Worse still, it could be several weeks away from abating.

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By the time a famine is declared it is far too late for far too many people — so the time to act is now. Seeing goat and camel carcasses lying in a farmer’s field is an image that still haunts me. The only thing worse than the rancid smell is the realization that children are generally the same weight and stature of the dead animals. Drought has reared its ugly head in Somalia once again, and everywhere you look people are suffering.

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Nearly 300 people are thought to have died when part of Mocoa, a town in south-west Colombia, was swept away by a torrent of water, mud and debris on 1 April. The trigger for the landslide was a night of extreme rainfall, leading the nation’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, to blame climate change for the catastrophe.

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US defence expert warns people fleeing low-lying Pacific islands a precursor to ‘climate-exacerbated water insecurities’ that could trigger wider conflict. Australia could be on the frontline of a new wave of “climate refugees” displaced by extreme weather events, droughts and rising seas, a US expert on the national security impacts of climate change has warned.

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As the Fitzroy River inches closer to a nine-metre peak that will swamp Queensland homes and businesses, 1500 kilometres away in Canberra, hundreds of Centrelink staff are swinging into action.

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Dam levels in the province stand at 24.3%, with a chance that the Western Cape may have to be declared a disaster area.

James-Brent Styan, spokesperson for the Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell said: “We are still assessing the need of having the province declared a disaster area. These assessments get updated daily.”

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April 02, 2017: More than 400 have been injured while at least 200 people remain missing, the Colombian army said. Flooding and mudslides in the Colombian city of Mocoa sent torrents of water and debris crashing onto houses in the early hours of Saturday morning, killing at least 254 people and injuring hundreds, the Colombian army said Sunday.

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April 01, 2017: Residents in low-lying parts of Rockhampton have been warned to prepare for what could be the biggest flood to hit the central Queensland town in almost a century.

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Jakarta, Indonesia, April 4, 2017: Indonesian rescuers, joined by police and soldiers, found one body and continued to look for 28 other people feared to be buried after a landslide triggered by heavy rain on Indonesia's Java island, a spokesman for the national disaster agency said.

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March 31, 2017: Swollen rivers have flooded entire towns along Australia's east coast, cutting roads and leaving residents clinging to roofs and floating down streets in boats after the remnants of a powerful cyclone swept through the region.

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March 29, 2017: "It is beyond belief that we have the leader of the most powerful country on earth not believing in science." Sen. Bernie Sanders takes aim at the Trump administration’s proposed rollback of Obama-era environmental regulations.

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March 29, 2017: A "monster" cyclone smashed into northeast Australia Tuesday, cutting power, damaging buildings and uprooting trees, with coastal residents battling lashing rain and howling winds.

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Geneva, March 28, 2017: Devastating earthquakes, floods, hailstorms and wildfires, along with man-made devastation, helped push global disaster costs to $175 billion (161 billion euros) last year, reinsurer Swiss Re said today.

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March 23, 2017: As heavy rainfall continues in Peru, floods and landslides have affected hundreds of thousands. Concerns of mosquito-borne viruses prompt preventive actions.

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March 24, 2017: Researchers believe global warming sparked the biggest ever mass extinction in Earth's history and now experts fear a repeat could happen soon.

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March 24, 2017: In a US news cycle that is so focused on politics and all that’s been happening—or not—in Washington DC, it’s easy to forget that there’s a bigger world out there, a world where the injustices of poverty have put people directly in harm’s way.

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March 27, 2017: Eight schoolchildren are feared dead and dozens of others are injured after they were hit by an avalanche on a ski slope in Japan.

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March 23, 2017: The highest sea level along China’s coast in decades has prompted scientists to warn of a greater risk of marine disasters. The average sea level recorded last year was 82mm higher than the average for the period covering 1993 to 2001, according to the State Oceanic Administration (SOA). It was 38mm higher than that of 2015.

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Turkana (Kenya), March 16, 2017: CEO of World Relief, Tim Breene, has spent the last week meeting with local churches, pastors, government officials, and World Relief humanitarian workers to personally assess the dire situation on the ground in Turkana County, Kenya—a remote and often forgotten region of Eastern Africa near the border of Ethiopia. Unfortunately, the visiting World Relief team quickly discovered the reality was far worse than the reports.

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March 19, 2017: At least 17 people are feared dead after a huge tree fell on revelers at the Kintampo Water fall in the Brong Ahafo Region Sunday. Scores of others have been left injured in the accident which occurred between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm, Myjoyonline.com has learnt.

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March 18, 2017: The sound of an earthquake will be deafening in the steep, forested valleys of the West Coast.

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March 16, 2017: Plunging temperatures ushered in by the storm that plastered the Northeast turned the snow and sleet into rock-solid ice, leaving roads and sidewalks treacherous Wednesday and making shovelling seem like hard labour.

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March 15, 2017: Madagascar has declared a national disaster after a cyclone tore through the northern and eastern parts of the Indian Ocean island last week, leaving 78 dead and destroying thousands of homes.

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March 15, 2017: Following a warning by the United Nations that the world is facing the worst humanitarian disaster since 1945, a major appeal has been launched today to help over 16 million people on the brink of starvation in east Africa.

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March 15, 2017: Inside an isolated straw hut on a dried-up riverbed, Abdullahi Mohamud sits with three of his youngest children. Despair covers his face. There is no food left in the house.

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March 14, 2017 at 1200 hours, the town of Bloomsburg filed a “Declaration of Disaster Emergency.” In the event federal or state funding becomes available this declaration allows the town to request assistance to reimburse cost associated with winter storm “Stella”. In addition the town may implement other measures it finds necessary to respond to the effects of the storm.

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