Natural Disasters

Damage from severe weather in Oklahoma in May could top $150 million

OKLAHOMA CITY - Damage from tornadoes, floods and severe storms in Oklahoma in May that killed at least six people and damaged hundreds of structures could top $150 million, state Emergency Management Director Albert Ashwood said on Tuesday.

Texas welcomes sunshine after days of floods that killed 25

DALLAS/SAN ANTONIO - Sunshine and drier weather were forecast for most of flood-weary Texas after days of heavy rain, giving swollen rivers a chance to recede and relief workers and residents time to assess the damage and start a massive clean-up, officials said on Sunday. | Video

U.S., Environment, 01 Jun 2015

Alberta wildfires retreat slowly, 10 percent of oil sands crude shut in

CALGARY, Alberta - Firefighters made progress tackling wildfires in the key oil-producing region of northern Alberta on Monday, although a number of oil sands projects stayed shut down, keeping around 10 percent of total oil sands production offline.

Environment, 01 Jun 2015

Nepal sets up post-quake camps for sexual minorities

KATHMANDU (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When transgender woman Maya K.C. sought help at a relief camp in the ruins of Nepal's capital after a devastating earthquake, she was quickly made to feel as though she did not belong.

World, 01 Jun 2015

Florida insurance industry in better shape to face hurricane season

ORLANDO, Fla. - The 2015 Atlantic hurricane season opens on Monday, and a combination of a forecast for fewer-than-average storms and the highest level ever of financial resources on hand in Florida to pay claims may help homeowners and businesses there weather fears of a storm.

U.S., Environment, 01 Jun 2015

Wary children return to schools after Nepal earthquake

KATHMANDU - Thousands of children affected by last month's earthquake in Nepal returned to schools on Sunday, a working day in the Himalayan nation, five weeks after the disaster killed more than 8,600 people and destroyed many homes. | Video

World, United Nations, 31 May 2015

More flooding in Texas after storms, two dozen dead

DALLAS/SAN ANTONIO - Rain caused flooding on roads in parts of Texas on Saturday, an official said, after severe weather killed at least 24 people during the week and prompted U.S. President Barack Obama to declare a disaster in the state.

U.S., Environment, 30 May 2015

More flooding in Texas after storms, death toll hits 23

DALLAS/SAN ANTONIO - Rain caused flooding on roads in parts of Texas on Saturday, an official said, after severe weather killed at least 23 people during the week and prompted U.S. President Barack Obama to declare a disaster in the state.

U.S., Environment 30 May 2015

Magnitude 8.5 quake strikes off eastern Japan, no tsunami danger or damage reports

TOKYO - A magnitude 8.5 earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan on Saturday, shaking buildings in Tokyo, but there was no danger of a tsunami and no reports of damage since the quake was extremely deep.

Environment, Japan, 30 May 2015

Presidential disaster declaration signed after Texas storms kill 21

DALLAS - U.S. President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration late on Friday for areas in Texas hammered by severe weather that killed at least 21 people, caused massive flooding and prompted evacuations this week. | Video

Environment, U.S., 30 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.