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

Avalanche hits France and Germany

  A five-meter-high avalanche reached the streets of the Bavarian community of Marktschellenberg, Focus reported, citing police. Police, fire and mountain rescue services arrived at the scene. No one was hurt. A specially-trained dog was used to look through the debris. "Until now, there was no threat of avalanches in this area, we were somewhat taken aback," a police spokesman … Continue reading Avalanche hits France and Germany

What Haitians are doing, nine years after the 2010 earthquake

  Nine years ago, Haiti witnessed its worst natural disaster--an earthquake which destroyed more than half of a capital city. A total of 300,000 people were reported dead and over 2.3 million residents displaced. The death toll was provided after thorough assessments from intergovernmental bodies. In its statement on the earthquake, which struck on 12 … Continue reading What Haitians are doing, nine years after the 2010 earthquake

Refugee camps in Syria destroyed by heavy storm

  Thousands of Syrian refugees have been forced from their tents in Lebanon, following days of bitter rain, snow and freezing temperatures. The winter storm, dubbed Norma by Lebanese meteorologists, has left refugees in dire need of emergency assistance, aid workers say. The storm hit Saturday and has affected at least "151 informal camps in … Continue reading Refugee camps in Syria destroyed by heavy storm

Responsive risk management structures lacking in Indonesia

      The death toll from a tsunami on the Indonesian island of Java and Sumatra jumped to at least 373, as rescue workers stepped up efforts to reach many areas swept away by the deadly waves. The tsunami hit the Indonesian strait on Saturday almost without warning in the darkness, smashing into houses, … Continue reading Responsive risk management structures lacking in Indonesia