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Hopes Of Survival Fade For Missing U.S. Ship Crew As Search Goes On

The U.S. Coast Guard resumed a search-and-rescue effort for a U.S. cargo ship on Wednesday, but hopes for the mostly American crew were fading six days after it sank in the Bahamas after running into Hurricane Joaquin.

October 7, 2015

Fourteen Dead As South Carolina Gripped By Historic Flooding

South Carolina grappled with the damage wrought by record rainfall, as the death toll from widespread flooding rose to 14 on Tuesday and residents braced for more evacuations in areas near swollen waterways and dams across the state.

October 6, 2015

South Carolina Hit By Torrential Rainfall, Eight Dead

Torrential rainfall that South Carolina’s governor called a once-in-a-millennium downpour triggered flooding in the southeastern U.S. state on Sunday, causing at least eight deaths in the Carolinas.

October 4, 2015

Ten Years After Katrina, Resilient New Orleans Honors Its Victims

New Orleans launched a day of events on Saturday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, paying homage to the city’s resilience.

August 29, 2015

Ecuador Declares State Of Emergency Over Cotopaxi Volcano Activity

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa on Saturday declared a state of emergency following increased activity the day before at the giant Cotopaxi volcano.

August 16, 2015

Indonesia Extends Airport Closures Due To Erupting Volcano

Indonesia extended the closure of three airports, including on the holiday hotspot of Bali, due to drifting ash from a volcano.

July 10, 2015

As Rain Stops In Oklahoma And Texas, Downriver States Brace For Flooding

The waters are inundating rivers across four states, bringing new flood worries for weeks ahead as the torrents barrel toward the Gulf of Mexico.

June 3, 2015

China Boat Disaster Death Toll Likely In Hundreds

More than 400 Chinese tourists, many of them thought to be elderly, were still missing late Tuesday after a tour boat sank in the Yangtze River after being hit by a strong storm.

June 2, 2015

Texas Reels, Braces For More Flooding

The storms that started during the Memorial Day weekend have 33 killed people, with 6 victims in Oklahoma and 27 in Texas.

May 30, 2015

More Flooding Could Hit Beleaguered Texas Communities This Weekend

“I don’t think the worst is over because of the way the weather is running and because we’re so saturated throughout Texas.”

May 29, 2015

Rain Spreads Havoc Across Houston

More than 11 inches of rain transformed many neighborhoods in Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, into a disaster zone and those caught off-guard sheltered where they could overnight.

May 27, 2015
Natural Disaster, Flood, Houston, Texas, Tornado, Oklahoma, National News

Epic Texas Rainfall Floods Parts Of Houston, Austin, Dallas; Thousands Displaced

Thousands displaced, and an increased death count from the storm disasters in Texas and Oklahoma.

May 26, 2015

Central Texas Inundated By 10 Inches Of Rain; 1 Dead In Flood

At least 400 homes in San Marcos and Wimberley were destroyed, and many more are damaged, officials said as rooftop rescues continued into the late morning.

May 25, 2015

At Least 42 Dead After 7.3 Earthquake Hits Nepal

Still reeling from last month’s devastating earthquake, Nepal was hammered again Tuesday by a magnitude 7.3 temblor that caused dozens more deaths, unleashed fresh landslides and brought down unsteady buildings.

May 12, 2015
Nepal, Earthquake, World News, Recovery, Search Effort, Natural Disaster

Aftershocks Keep Nepalese On Edge, But Rescue Provides Glint Of Hope

Rescue operations and community rebuilding in Nepal are on edge as aftershocks rumble the devasted area.

April 30, 2015
Nepal, Earthquake, World News, Recovery, Search Effort, Natural Disaster

Search Efforts Continue As Death Toll For Nepal’s Earthquake Tops 4,600

Notes from the recovery effort following the earthquake in Nepal.

April 29, 2015

Nepal On ‘War Footing’ To Restore Order; Earthquake Toll Passes 3,800

Aid efforts ramped up in Nepal on Monday as the country tried to recover from the weekend’s earthquake, but thousands prepared for another night in the open as the official death toll climbed past 3,800.

April 27, 2015

Audit: FEMA Mishandled Florida Hurricane Payments

A decade later, federal officials are still cleaning up after the hurricanes that hit Florida in 2004 and 2005.

January 9, 2015

Two Dead, Five Missing As Powerful Typhoon Slams Into Japan

A powerful typhoon hit Japan on Sunday, suspending transportation schedules and leaving five missing.

October 6, 2014

Pakistan Struggles To Protect Historic City From Floods

By Zia Khan and Sunrita Sen, dpa ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI — Pakistani authorities were struggling to protect the historic city of Multan from raging flood waters Friday, while in India-administered Kashmir, the focus turned from rescue to getting essential supplies to the thousands stranded or homeless. Troops and rescue workers were evacuating people from Multan, Pakistan’s […]

September 12, 2014

Napa Earthquake: Damage Assessment Won’t Come Easy

By David DeBolt, San Jose Mercury News NAPA, Calif. — Power is back on citywide, business is trickling back into downtown, and the first day of school arrives Wednesday. As life in some sense returns to the North Bay after Sunday’s magnitude-6.0 earthquake and the subsequent days of emergency recovery, residents in Napa, Vallejo and American […]

August 27, 2014

Quake Hits As Hawaii Braces For Hurricanes

By Maya Srikrishnan, Los Angeles Times As Hawaii braced Thursday for two hurricanes — which would be the first to hit the state in 22 years — a magnitude 4.5 earthquake shook Waimea on the eastern shore of the Big Island, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said some areas […]

August 7, 2014

Rescuers Race To Find Survivors After 400 Die In China Quake

Zhaotong (China) (AFP) – An intense rescue operation was under way in China Monday after an earthquake killed at least 381 people and injured thousands more, leaving scenes of devastation across a mountainous area. More than 12,000 houses collapsed and 30,000 were damaged in the quake zone in the southwestern province of Yunnan, China’s official […]

August 4, 2014

Fire Near Yosemite Turns Up Heat On California Wildfire Season

By Lisa M. Krieger, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif. — For the second year in a row, flames in Yosemite National Park are turning up the heat on California’s wildfire season, fueled by one of the most severe droughts in decades. But despite dangerously dry conditions, tens of thousands of lightning strikes and […]

July 30, 2014

10 Killed, 150 Feared Buried In India Landslide

By Siddhartha Kumar, dpa NEW DELHI — At least 10 people were killed and more than 150 trapped when a landslide hit a remote village in western India on Wednesday amid heavy monsoon rains, officials said. Five-meter high piles of mud had buried parts of Malin village in Maharashtra state’s Pune district. “Rescue teams have […]

July 30, 2014