Natural Disasters

Donor fatigue hits Nepal one month after mega earthquake: U.N.

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The international community's response to devastating earthquakes in Nepal has been disappointing, a United Nations official said on Monday, adding that donors were focusing more on reconstruction than much needed aid such as food and shelter.

Two dead as south-central U.S. storms force evacuations

SAN ANTONIO - Two people were killed in flash flooding and severe storms in Texas and Oklahoma that forced evacuations and rooftop rescues and left thousands without power, officials said on Sunday. | Video

Environment, U.S. 1:25am EDT

Two dead as deadly weather soaks south-central U.S., forces evacuations

SAN ANTONIO - Two people were killed and three others were missing on Sunday in flash flooding and severe storms in Texas and Oklahoma that forced evacuations and rooftop rescues and left thousands without power. | Video

U.S., 24 May 2015

U.S military personnel to leave Nepal at end of relief mission

KATHMANDU - Hundreds of U.S. military personnel helping provide relief in Nepal after last month's 7.8 earthquake have finished their mission and will leave the country, U.S. and Nepali military officials said on Wednesday.

World, Environment 20 May 2015

Homeless Nepalis sleep in the open as monsoon rains approach

THALI, Nepal - Nepali tea shop owner Phurba Sherpa has spent four nights cramped under a tarpaulin with his wife and nine others on a school field outside Kathmandu since falling rocks triggered by an earthquake last week demolished his distant mountain village.

World, 19 May 2015

Nepal's historic homes at risk as post-quake demolition begins

BHAKTAPUR - Thousands of centuries-old homes could be demolished in Nepal's historic cities as the government begins the long process of tearing down buildings rendered unsafe by last month's 7.8 earthquake. | Video

World 19 May 2015

Child marriages, trafficking will soar after Nepal quake: charity

CASABLANCA, Morocco (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The massive earthquakes in Nepal will lead to a dramatic rise in child marriage and the trafficking of children as criminals prey on orphans and parents act to protect young daughters, the head of a social welfare organization predicted on Tuesday.

World, 19 May 2015

Help quake-hit Nepal by cancelling foreign debt: campaigners

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Multinational lenders like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) can help Nepal rebuild and recover from two devastating earthquakes by cancelling some of its almost $4 billion foreign debt, campaigners said on Tuesday.

World, United Nations, IMF 19 May 2015

Mapping Mount St. Helens magma progresses, 35 years after eruption

PORTLAND, Ore. - Early data collected in a pioneering effort to map the inner workings of Mount St. Helens have provided promising initial insights, 35 years after a massive eruption by the Washington state volcano killed at least 57 people, scientists said on Monday.

Environment, 18 May 2015

Scientists watching Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano for new eruption

- Scientists are closely watching a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island for a possible eruption after volatile changes in the level of a lake of lava on its summit and a series of earthquakes, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Monday.

Environment, 18 May 2015

China economic reforms may result in $14.4 trillion GDP, growth at 6 percent – Asia Society report

Sweeping economic reform initiated by China President Xi Jinping in November 2013 marked a turning point for the world's second biggest economy. If implemented fully, China's potential GDP growth can be sustained at 6 percent through 2020. One risk: Falling short of that growth rate could result in growth at half that projection, or worse, leading to a new economic crisis, according to a new study.