Indonesia earthquake: More than 160 dead and hundreds injured in West Java

A strong, shallow earthquake has killed at least 162 people and toppled buildings in Indonesia. The 5.6 magnitude quake hit Indonesia's densely populated main island, injuring hundreds and forcing many more to flee into the streets, some covered in blood and debris. Officials are currently gathering information on the toll of those injured and killed … Continue reading Indonesia earthquake: More than 160 dead and hundreds injured in West Java

Japan issues special typhoon warning as ‘unprecedented’ storm approaches

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a special typhoon warning on Saturday for Kagoshima prefecture on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's main islands, as the region braces for a powerful and potentially destructive super typhoon. The warning came after the weather agency earlier in the day urged residents to evacuate parts of the Kyushu, ahead of … Continue reading Japan issues special typhoon warning as ‘unprecedented’ storm approaches

UNESCO offers $350,000 to restore heritage sites in Pakistan

The unforeseen floods that killed at least 1,300 individuals and immersed vast areas of Pakistan in water have also impacted the country's historical sites, prompting the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to allocate emergency funds to rebuild these heritage sites. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kalAhY4egYM The UN body said in a statement on Thursday that it … Continue reading UNESCO offers $350,000 to restore heritage sites in Pakistan

People gather across UAE to pack donations for Pakistan, send messages of hope

Sealing the boxes at Sharjah Expo Centre. Children wrote uplifting messages and created drawings, which were placed inside the relief boxes. Photo: Issa Alkindy for The National Hundreds of volunteers joined hands on Saturday to pack thousands of urgent relief kits and food supplies for people affected by the devastating floods in Pakistan. Emiratis, residents, children and … Continue reading People gather across UAE to pack donations for Pakistan, send messages of hope

Flooding has turned Pakistan into a sea – Prime Minister

A man rows his boat as he passes through flooded market, following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Bajara village, at the banks of Manchar lake, in Sehwan, Pakistan September 6, 2022. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro Parts of Pakistan seemed "like a sea", Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Wednesday, after visiting some of the … Continue reading Flooding has turned Pakistan into a sea – Prime Minister

Hurricane Ida: Live footage shows widespread flooding

Hurricane Ida has already resulted in widespread flooding in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi and power outages that are estimated to potentially last for weeks, as the category four storm made landfall in Louisiana Sunday afternoon and moved toward New Orleans. Photo by Anna Tarazevich on Pexels.com KEY FACTS Ida made landfall at approximately 12:55 p.m. … Continue reading Hurricane Ida: Live footage shows widespread flooding

Origin of Pandemics

Most new pandemics have originated through the “zoonotic” transmission of pathogens from animals to humans (Murphy 1998; Woolhouse and Gowtage-Sequeria 2005), and the next pandemic is likely to be a zoonosis as well. Zoonoses enter into human populations from both domesticated animals (such as farmed swine or poultry) and wildlife. But many historically significant zoonoses were … Continue reading Origin of Pandemics

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Ebola: New case of the virus confirmed in Congo (DRC)

A new case of Ebola virus disease was confirmed today in the city of Beni in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). “While not welcome news, this is an event we anticipated. We kept response teams in Beni and other high risk areas for precisely this reason,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. As … Continue reading Ebola: New case of the virus confirmed in Congo (DRC)

Dozens saved from rubble after disastrous earthquake in Turkey

A major rescue operation to pull survivors from collapsed buildings in eastern Turkey began winding down on Sunday, a day and a half after a powerful earthquake killed dozens. Teams had worked through the night to rescue 45 people from the rubble, Turkey’s disaster authority said, using drills, mechanical diggers, buckets and bare hands in … Continue reading Dozens saved from rubble after disastrous earthquake in Turkey

Asians still scared of the 9.1 magnitude earthequake that killed 230,000

Communities across Asia commemorated the more than 230,000 victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami on Thursday, the 15th anniversary of one of the world's most deadly disasters. On the morning after Christmas Day in 2004, a 9.1 magnitude quake off northern Sumatra island triggered a tsunami with waves as high as 17.4 meters (57 feet) that swept over vulnerable … Continue reading Asians still scared of the 9.1 magnitude earthequake that killed 230,000

Xmas typhoon kills at least 12 in Philippines

A typhoon that struck the central Philippines over Christmas has killed at least 12 people, disaster agency officials said on Thursday. Typhoon Phanfone hit the Philippines late on Tuesday with winds of up to 120 kph (75 mph) and gusts of 150 kph, heavy rain and flooding. More than 58,000 people were evacuated from their … Continue reading Xmas typhoon kills at least 12 in Philippines

Hurricane Dorian heading towards New England

Hurricane Dorian finally began departing from the Mid-Atlantic states Friday evening after battering the region for days and headed for an expected assault on New England. The storm has already left a trail of death and destruction in its wake; 30 people so far have been killed. Eastern North Carolina, southeast Virginia and the southern … Continue reading Hurricane Dorian heading towards New England