Tag Archives: flood disaster

On Katrina anniversary, New Orleans braces for Harvey

new orleans preparing for hurricane harvey
DARK CLOUDS AHEAD. A sign for New Orleans is seen on the lakefront as New Orleans prepares for flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFP

Forecasters predict flash flooding in the city famous for its jazz music and cuisine, where Katrina caused widespread devastation in 2005

NEW ORLEANS, USA (Aug. 30, 2017) — New Orleans on Tuesday, August 29, marked 12 years since Hurricane Katrina slammed into the US Gulf Coast, as the low-lying city braced for a potentially devastating new impact by Harvey later this week. Continue reading On Katrina anniversary, New Orleans braces for Harvey

Trump praises Texans on trip to Harvey disaster zone

donald trump
POTUS IN TEXAS. US President Donald Trump speaks at the Texas Department of Public Safety Emergency Operations Center in Austin, Texas on August 29, 2017, as rains from Hurricane Harvey continue to flood parts of Texas. Jim Watson/AFP

Federal officials estimate that up to half a million people in Texas will ultimately require some form of assistance – but for now the focus remains immediate disaster relief, with many lives still at stake

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, USA (Aug. 30, 2017) — US President Donald Trump toured the Harvey disaster zone in Texas on Tuesday, August 29, as he sought to project an image of leadership in America’s first big natural disaster since he took office, as the battered US Gulf Coast girded for another hit from the huge storm. Continue reading Trump praises Texans on trip to Harvey disaster zone

Climate change and Harvey: your questions answered

hurricane harvey
Infrared image of Hurricane Harvey just prior to making landfall along the Texas coast, US. Photograph: NOAA

At least 14 people have died and tens of thousands evacuated as Houston continues to be battered by catastrophic rainfall. Can we decode the disaster?

August 29, 2017 — What is Harvey?

A tropical storm that is on course to break the US record for the heaviest rainfall from a tropical system. Meteorologists say the 120cm-mark set in 1978 could be surpassed on Tuesday or Wednesday. Continue reading Climate change and Harvey: your questions answered

Trump’s rollback of flood protections risks further Houston-style calamity

rescued by volunteers on a boat from their flooded house
Margie David and her husband David Emswiler are rescued by volunteers on a boat from their flooded house in north-west Houston. Photograph: Jay Janner/AP

Houston has some of the most lax building regulations in potential flood zones – and the president wants to spread that policy across the US

August 29, 2017 — After all the furore, it’s hard to remember now that Donald Trump’s combative press conference earlier this month was supposed to be about infrastructure. Holding two flowcharts, Continue reading Trump’s rollback of flood protections risks further Houston-style calamity

Houston races to rescue flood victims before storm’s return

people walk through the flooded waters
FLOODED. People walk through the flooded waters of Telephone Rd. in Houston on August 27, 2017 as the US fourth city city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas B. Shea

Officials warn that the danger has not yet passed, with more families still stranded or packed into emergency shelters and the tropical storm once more gathering strength on the Gulf coast

HOUSTON, USA (Aug. 29, 2017) — Rescue teams in boats, trucks and helicopters scrambled Monday, August 28, to reach hundreds of Texans marooned on flooded streets in and around the city of Houston before monster storm Harvey returns. Continue reading Houston races to rescue flood victims before storm’s return

6 dead as typhoon smashes into Macau and Hong Kong

after the typhoon
AFTER THE TYPHOON. A young child looks at a flooded playground and marine debris after heavy winds and rains brought on by Typhoon Hato in Hong Kong on August 23, 2017. Photo by Anthony Wallace/ AFP

Local media shows severe flooding had left cars underwater and people swimming in Macau’s city streets, with the territory’s mega-casinos running on back-up generators

HONG KONG (Aug. 23, 2017) — Typhoon Hato left 5 dead in the gambling hub of Macau on Wednesday, August 23, as it brought chaos and destruction to the enclave after sweeping through neighboring Hong Kong, where one man also died. Continue reading 6 dead as typhoon smashes into Macau and Hong Kong

At least 700 killed in South Asia floods

massive flooding
MASSIVE FLOODING. Indian villagers attempt to cross floodwaters with the help of rope and empty canisters next to a washed away portion of a bridge at Palsa village in Purnia district in Bihar state on August 18, 2017. Photo by Diptendu Dutta/AFP

Over a million people are forced to flee their homes due to the massive flooding

NEW DELHI, India (Aug. 21, 2017) — The confirmed death toll passed 700 and more than a million were driven from their homes as large swathes of South Asia reeled under monsoon floods Sunday, August 20, officials said. Continue reading At least 700 killed in South Asia floods

Climate change will likely wreck their livelihoods – but they still don’t buy the science

leo adley dyson sr
Leo Adley Dyson Sr: ‘Things don’t change much here.’ Photograph: Shannon Sims

The small Louisiana town of Cameron could be the first in the US to be fully submerged by rising sea levels – and yet locals, 90% of whom voted for Trump, still aren’t convinced about climate change

August 18, 2017 — In 50 years, the region near where I grew up, Cameron Parish in south-west Louisiana, will likely be no more. Or rather, it will exist, but it may be underwater, according to the newly Continue reading Climate change will likely wreck their livelihoods – but they still don’t buy the science

Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding

sierra leone
DISASTER SITE.A general view of the site of a mud slide in the Sierra Leone capital Freetown on August 15, 2017. Saidu Bah/AFP

With 600 people still missing in Freetown, President Ernest Bai Koroma described the humanitarian challenge ahead as ‘overwhelming’

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Aug. 17, 2017) — Sierra Leone began a week of mourning Wednesday, August 16, as it emerged that 105 children were among more than 300 people who perished in mudslides and torrential flooding, in one of the country’s worst natural disasters. Continue reading Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding

I’ve seen how perilous life in Sierra Leone can be. We cannot ignore this disaster

people wait in a line to identify their relatives’ bodies at after the mudslides
‘Whole families have been destroyed in this disaster.’ People wait in a line to identify their relatives’ bodies at after the mudslides. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

As the weather gets more extreme, the poorest suffer the most. As well as helping the mudslide’s survivors, we must face up to the effects of climate change

August 17, 2017 — “We have lost everything,” my friend cried as we talked on the phone. I had last seen her the week before, after returning home after a year working as a doctor in Sierra Leone. She Continue reading I’ve seen how perilous life in Sierra Leone can be. We cannot ignore this disaster