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In an era of unwelcome climate records Hurricane Harvey won’t be the last

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Residents are evacuated during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

From the US to India and China, human impact on the climate is likely to have made droughts and storms more severe – and the trend is only set to continue

August 30, 2017 — The 17tn US gallons of rain (roughly 26m Olympic swimming pools) dumped on Texas by Hurricane Harvey has set a new high for a tropical system in the US, but it is unlikely to Continue reading In an era of unwelcome climate records Hurricane Harvey won’t be the last

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

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‘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