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Texas governor appeals for aid for Harvey recovery

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REBUILDING. A teddy bear is seen on top of waterlogged items set on a curb in front of a home as people start to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey caused widespread flooding, on September 2, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

At the same time, Houston’s mayor says his city is now 95% dry and already ‘open for business’

HOUSTON, USA (Sept. 4, 2017) — The governor of Texas said Sunday, September 3, the “long haul” of recovery from Hurricane Harvey was just beginning, appealing to Congress to provide tens of billions of dollars needed for reconstruction. Continue reading Texas governor appeals for aid for Harvey recovery

On Katrina anniversary, New Orleans braces for Harvey

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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

Texas flood disaster by the numbers

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RIVER/HIGHWAY. Downtown Houston and submerged highways are seen August 27, 2017 as the city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. Thomas B. Shea/AFP

The storm continues to shower the region as it heads slowly toward the neighboring state of Louisiana

HOUSTON, USA (Aug. 30, 2017) — Monster storm Harvey hit the south Texas coast late Friday, August 25, and then stalled, gushing torrents of rain over Houston, the country’s fourth largest city with 6 million people in the greater metropolitan area. Continue reading Texas flood disaster by the numbers

Trump praises Texans on trip to Harvey disaster zone

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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

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

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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

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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

New Pipeline Protest Models Itself On Dakota Access Fight

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Protesters trying to stop a natural gas pipeline in west Texas were arrested on Jan 7 near Marfa. GREG HARMAN

The target this time is the Trans-Pecos Pipeline in west Texas

January 12, 2017 — A new front has opened in the fight against the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The battleground this time is rural west Texas, where a small, yet intense opposition to building the Trans-Pecos Pipeline has gained force in recent days.  Continue reading New Pipeline Protest Models Itself On Dakota Access Fight

South America holds crisis meeting as Zika ‘nightmare’ spreads

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A Mexican Health Ministry worker fumigates a house in Oaxaca, Mexico, 02 February 2016. Mario Arturo Martinez/EPA
Ministers from 14 countries held talks in Uruguay to plot their response to the growing crisis, with fears the virus could spread worldwide

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (Feb. 4, 2016) — South American health ministers held an emergency meeting Wednesday, February 3, on slowing the spread of the Zika virus, dubbed a “nightmare” by hard-hit Brazil, where it is blamed for brain damage in babies.

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US reports sexually transmitted case on Zika virus

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DANGER. A view in a macro lens of Aedes aegypti mosquito, at the epidemiology department of Guatemala city, Guatemala, February 1, 2016. Esteban Biba/EPA
The case in Texas fuels fears over the rapid spread of the disease blamed for a surge in the number of brain-damaged babies

MIAMI, USA (Feb. 3, 2016) — The Zika virus has been transmitted sexually, top US health authorities confirmed on Tuesday, February 2, fueling fears of the rapid spread of the disease blamed for a surge in the number of brain-damaged babies.

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