'the priority is to feed the survivors and to bury the dead' - that was the message as international relief efforts intensified faced with the extent of suffering in the philippines. the world food programme is just one of dozens of organisations sending help. their first delivery is 40 tons of high energy biscuits. but getting aid through is not easy as wfp spokesperson frances kennedy explained.
twelve people have been confirmed dead and at least 11 others are still missing after a landslide in china's southwest sichuan province.
three days after cyclone pam, people in the shattered capital of vanuatu are taking stock of the damage and trying to salvage what remains. but in port vila and elsewhere in the south pacific island nation, people are still stunned by the category five storm.
tropical storm manuel has hit mexico once again - this time lashing the northwestern state of sinaloa with heavy rains. around 2,000 people were evacuated due to flooding. the latest wave of weather chaos came after manuel and another tropical storm, ıngrid, converged on mexico last weekend. authorities announced that the devastating storms had claimed at least 97 lives.
a group of italian scientists convicted of manslaughter for failing to predict the 2009 l'aquila earthquake have had their convictions overturned. judge fabrzia ida francabendera said there was no case to answer and absolved the defendants of a six-year jail sentence.
typhoon hagupit weakened into a tropical storm on monday. the philippine red cross said that it had left at least 27 people dead in its wake, most of whom drowned in floodwaters. philippine authorities had launched a massive evacuation operation ahead of the storm -emptying entire towns and villages.
in the us more tornadoes have struck oklahoma city including the same suburb that was devastated just ten days ago.
typhoon haiyan was downgraded to a category one as it approached the coast of north vietnam where it made landfall early on monday morning. expecting the worst on sunday, some 600,000 people were evacuated from central regions to safe zones but as the typhoon changed direction northwards that evacuation order had to be extended.
the greek island of kefalonia is recovering from a series of earthquakes. the first, on january 26, registered 6.0 on the richter scale. a second major quake, a little less powerful, hit a week later.
hundreds of villagers in southwest romania have been forced to flee their homes after heavy rain caused widespread flooding. at least one person has been reported dead with three more are missing.
a violent storm has killed one person and injured 22 others when it hit parts of croatia on monday. gale-force winds ripped off rooftops and toppled trees. in the capital, zagreb, firefighters struggled to cope with emergency calls. the bad weather also brought ferry traffic on the adriatic coast to a standstill.
fears of a mega-fire are rising in australia as three blazes threaten to merge into one, putting the suburbs of sydney at risk. fire inspectors say climatic conditions over the next 48 hours will be crucial to containing the risk.
at least a dozen people are dead and many more missing after severe flooding in the georgia's capital tbilisi. heavy rain and strong winds turned a stream into a raging torrent. it badly damaged roads and buildings, everything in its path. homes have been left unrecognisable, with residents shocked and bewildered. in this small street alone, five people are dead. three houses are completely washed out and everyone is affected, said lamara zumburidze.
some 500 people have died in a landslide in northeastern afghanistan, according to a police official. the incident occurred in the remote, mountainous province of badakhshan. a spokesperson for the region's local governor says around 2,100 people are trapped under the rubble.
several people have been injured by falling trees, and trapped under debris at the swiss federal gymnastics tournament in biel in switzerland. for the second time in a week, participants had to flee as storm winds of 130 kilometres an hour swept though the site. last thursday, strong winds forced the opening ceremony to be cancelled.
officials in the central philippines are still overwhelmed in the aftermath of typhoon haiyan. in tacloban, corpses lay uncollected. desperate townspeople scavenge through debris. the country's interior secretary said tacloban's municipal government was wiped out by the storm, or officials were dead, missing or debilitated by grief.
hundreds of survivors of friday's powerful typhoon, which ravaged the central philippines, gathered at tacloban airport on monday in the hope of being evacuated from their flattened city. most had nothing left to stay for and feared for their lives as what food and water was available began running out. tacloban appears to have borne the brunt of typhoon haiyan but once rescue workers reach the more remote coastal villages there are fears the estimated death toll of 10,000 will rise sharply.
afghanistan is holding a day of mourning for the victims of a double landslide that turned a northeastern village into a cemetery. the search for survivors h...
severe floods in northern india have already claimed nearly 600 lives and the figures are expected to rise despite the waters beginning to fall.
the new south wales area of australia has declared a state of emergency after the worst bushfires for decades continue to threaten several communities in the blue mountains, west of sydney. a total of fifty-eight separate fires - some still out of control - are burning across the state and there are now fears they could merge.
heavy rains and floodwater battered parts of mexico as hurricane raymond continues to be held at bay in the pacific. it's being held up by a cold front for now, but this could bring more rain over the next seventy-two hours. acapulco's famous beaches, a popular tourist destination are already deserted
the rains have eased in colorado and a fleet of chinook helicopters have resumed the rescue operation fanning out across the state where eight people have lost their lives after a week of torrential rain. at least 1,600 homes have been destroyed in the floods - the worst in the region for forty years. over 12,000 people have already been evacuated.
emergency workers are trying to reach hundreds of thousands of people in northern india and pakistan cut off by the worst floods for decades. hundreds have died in the disputed himalayan region of kashmir.
death toll rises to more than 1000 in philippines after typhoon haiyan. filipinos are counting their dead as the full extent of the devastation caused by typhoon haiyan begins to emerge. the red cross says more than 1000 people were killed in the coastal city of tacloban alone. another 200 lost their lives in the province of samar. and the reports of casualties are still coming in.
it is day six of a desperate search for human life among the rubble and mud in the town of oso north east of seattle in the us. the number of fatalities will rise
a torrential three-day downpour has flooded acapulco airport causing chaos and stranding some of the 40,000 tourists visiting mexico's famous beach resort. eventually when the rains eased some flights were able to take off. those getting away were leaving behind them hotels where food was in short supply and had to be rationed and cash machines failed to work due to power cuts.
search and rescue teams are continuing to scour rubble for survivors in tornado-ravaged oklahoma. but with officials increasingly confident that everyone has been accounted for, efforts are also turning towards recovery in the suburb of moo
four days after one of the strongest storms ever to hit land, aid is starting to arrive in the philippines. but getting relief to those who need it most is an additional challenge, with remote typhoon-hit areas proving difficult to reach. operations have been hampered because roads, airports and bridges were destroyed or covered in wreckage by surging waves and winds of 314 kph.
a desperate search for survivors is underway in the devastated hillsides after the two earthquakes which struck north west china. the total number of dead is 89 so far but authorities fear that number will rise. over 800 have been injured. ıt is reckoned about 127,000 people have been affected.
the us geological survey (usgs) reported that a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck nepal on tuesday, may 12, 83km (52 miles) east of kathmandu, and close to the base of mount everest.
the eleventh typhoon to hit china this year struck the country's south coast on wednesday bringing high winds and heavy rain and causing havoc to transport systems.
the authorities in colorado now say that thanks to tireless work by search and rescue teams only 200 people remain on the missing list following the floods in the state.
vietnam is bracing itself for the arrival of typhoon haiyan. having caused devastation in the philippines, it is now heading towards the north of the county. although the storm is significantly weaker, it likely to cause strong winds, flooding and mudslides as it makes its way across the south china sea.
southern england was hit with widespread flooding on friday. water levels in the river thames continued to rise after storms and heavy rain. the environment agency warned that the thames would continue to rise over the weekend. on friday afternoon there were 94 flood warnings in place across england and wales, with most of those in the south-east and south-west of england.
rescue teams have been at work deep into the night following a deadly mudslide that left three people dead in washington state. the slide of mud, rocks and trees injured a number of people, including a six-month-old baby boy who is in a critical condition.
at least eight people have been killed and a dozen are still missing after a landslide in washington state. around 30 homes and several cars were buried in what witnesses described as a wall of mud up to five metres deep.
cyclone phailin has struck the coast of india after sweeping across the bay of bengal, bringing some gusts of wind of over 300 kilometres an hour. the sea is expected to rise by three or four metres, with predictions that the storm will be the worst the region has seen in over a decade.
a day after a huge landslide in the northern afghan province of badakhshan, local residents continue to dig through the rubble to search for survivors.
cyclone phailin has left a trail of destruction. but india's strongest storm in years has proved less lethal than feared, with fewer than 10 deaths reported after nearly a million people took refuge.
a tornado gusting at an estimated 320 kilometres per hour has cut a swathe through the us city of oklahoma and surrounding state, leaving at least 51 dead and scores injured and missing.