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‘Storm of the century’ Maria pummels Puerto Rico

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STREWN AROUND. Lightposts lay on the ground after being damaged in the passage of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017. Hector Retamal/AFP

After killing at least 9 people in the Caribbean, Maria slams into Puerto Rico’s southeast coast at daybreak before churning across the US territory which is home to 3.4 million

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Sept. 21, 2017) — Hurricane Maria caused devastation across Puerto Rico Wednesday, September 20, as 150 mile-an-hour winds from the island’s worst storm in living memory flooded the capital and sent thousands scurrying to shelters. Continue reading ‘Storm of the century’ Maria pummels Puerto Rico

Irma is ‘extremely dangerous’ Category Five hurricane – NHC

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Irma is expected to make landfall along the string of French islands that includes Guadeloupe late Tuesday before heading to Haiti and Florida

MIAMI, USA (Sept. 6, 2017) — Irma picked up strength and has become an “extremely dangerous” Category Five hurricane as it approached the Caribbean on Tuesday, September 5, the Miami-based US National Hurricane Center reported. Continue reading Irma is ‘extremely dangerous’ Category Five hurricane – NHC

Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding

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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

More troops deployed as Canada braces for worse flooding

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MEANS OF TRANSPORT. Residents in a canoe paddle on the flooded streets in Pierrefonds, Canada on Sunday May 7, 2017. Catherine Legault/AFP

A combination of torrential rains and runoff from melting snow has caused rivers to overflow their banks from Ottawa to Montreal

MONTREAL, Canada (May 8, 2017) — With heavy rains persisting and waters still rising over much of waterlogged eastern Canada, the nation’s military on Sunday, May 7, tripled the number of troops urgently working to evacuate thousands of residents. Continue reading More troops deployed as Canada braces for worse flooding

254 dead in Colombia mudslides

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Rescuers search for victims following mudslides caused by heavy rains in Mocoa, Putumayo department, southern Colombia on April 2, 2017. The death toll from a devastating landslide in the Colombian town of Mocoa stood at around 200 on Sunday as rescuers clawed through piles of muck and debris in search of survivors. / AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO

Survivors describe gruesome scenes in the Colombian town of Mocoa as rescuers keep up a desperate search for victims in the muck and debris

MOCOA, Colombia (Apr. 3, 2017) — Devastating mudslides in the Colombian town of Mocoa killed at least 254 people, 43 of them children, President Juan Manuel Santos said Sunday, April 2, in yet another sharp rise in the death toll. Continue reading 254 dead in Colombia mudslides