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Fukushima chief confident new disaster won't threaten clean-up

- The chief of Japan's shuttered Fukushima nuclear power plant warned Wednesday that the biggest risk the crippled facility faces is another major earthquake and tsunami -- though insisted the chaos of nearly five years ago won't be repeated.

Japan turns on third nuclear reactor since post-Fukushima ban

Toukyo - Japan on Friday restarted its third nuclear reactor since a country-wide shutdown in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in 2011, after a court ruled it was safe despite opposition from local residents.

Freak storm sank China ferry with loss of 450 lives: Report

Bejing - An official inquiry has found that a freak storm caused the sinking of a cruise ship on China's Yangtze river with the death of nearly 450 people and recommended the captain be probed for possible crimes, state media said Wednesday.

Nigerian gas plant blast claims 'tens' of lives, president says

Lagos - "Tens" of people were killed in a huge Christmas Eve blast at an industrial gas plant in southeastern Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari said Friday.

One survivor found as China pledges landslide probe

Bejing - Rescuers scrabbling through the debris of a huge three-day-old landslide Wednesday discovered a young man alive in the mud, as China's cabinet announced a probe into the nation's latest industrial accident.

76 still missing in China landslide as hopes fade

Shenzhen - Rescuers struggled to claw away a massive mound of mud engulfing an industrial district in China on Tuesday in a desperate bid to find survivors among 76 missing people following a landslide that occurred despite multiple warnings.

Bangladesh orders mass arrests over 2013 factory disaster

Dhaka - A Bangladesh court Monday ordered the arrest of 24 people and seizure of their assets after they failed to turn up to face murder charges over the collapse of a garment factory that killed more than 1,100 people.

Global disaster costs fall in 2015: Swiss Re

Zurich - The economic cost of disasters across the world dropped in 2015 to around $85 billion (78 billion euros) from $113 million last year, reinsurance company Swiss Re said on Friday.

India floods leave 18 hospital patients dead

Chennai - Eighteen hospital patients died overnight in flood-hit Tamil Nadu, Indian health authorities said Friday, with local media reporting their ventilators stopped working when the power failed.

Japan shows off disaster-response robots at android fair

Toukyo - Japan on Wednesday displayed a pair of two-legged humanoid robots that can operate in harsh conditions as the country prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions prepares for the next catastrophe.

Technology is changing disaster relief and saving human lives

Disaster responses now revolve around technology. Driven by big data and the almost universal spread of smartphones, it's now apps like Facebook and Twitter that are most useful to both the aid workers helping disaster victims and those people themselves.

China landslide deaths rise to 25

Bejing - The death toll from a landslide triggered by flooding in China has risen to 25, with 12 more people missing, state-run media reported Monday.

Flood-sparked landslide kills 16 in China

Bejing - A landslide that engulfed homes in China killed at least 16 people, with 21 still missing, as heavy rains brought misery across a swathe of the country.

Farmers lose debt gamble in typhoon-plagued Philippines

Cabanatuan - Philippine rice farmer Francisco Santo Domingo's life is in ruins after losing yet another gamble with nature, but the typhoon that destroyed his crops means gleeful loan sharks have again hit the jackpot.

Party organiser charged over Taiwan water park disaster

Taipei - Prosecutors in Taiwan charged the owner of an events company Friday over an explosion at a "colour party" which left 12 dead and hundreds injured after heat from stage lights triggered a blast that ripped through the crowd.

Seven children among 13 killed in Pakistan landslide

Karachi - Thirteen people including seven children were crushed to death in Karachi Tuesday when a rare landslide struck their thatch huts as they slept, officials said.

Landslide kills 17 in Myanmar: state media

Yangon - A landslide triggered by torrential rains has killed at least 17 people in eastern Myanmar and forced the evacuation of scores more, state media said on Tuesday.

Firefighters gaining control over deadly Northern California fire

San Francisco - Firefighters in Northern California say they have reached 50 percent containment of the deadly Valley Fire that has killed at least five people and destroyed hundreds of homes in rural Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties.

Lessons from 2010 quake saved lives in Chile: experts

Santiago - Lessons learned from a devastating quake five years ago when Chile's authorities were accused of failing the population helped limit the toll from this week's powerful earthquake, experts say.Thirteen people were killed in the 8.

Review: ‘Everest’ is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that’s true to life Special

‘Everest’ is an exceptionally accurate and intense portrayal of one of the worst disasters to ever take place on the mountain.

Fukushima dumps first batch of once-radioactive water in sea

Toukyo - Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant Monday began releasing previously contaminated water into the sea, but the man tasked with preventing another meltdown warned other highly radioactive fluid still stored on site could pose a major threat.

Japan PM visits flood-hit Joso as rescuers search for missing

Haji - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday visited a disaster-struck city north of Tokyo in the aftermath of massive flooding that killed at least four people, as rescuers raced against time to find more than a dozen still missing.

Japan in urgent search for missing after deadly floods

Haji - Japanese authorities were on Friday grappling with the aftermath of massive flooding that killed at least three people, as thousands of rescuers frantically searched a shattered community for almost two dozen still missing.

Hundreds trapped as floods sweep Japan

Haji - Nearly 700 people were awaiting rescue and at least 12 missing in Japan Thursday after torrential rains that saw a river burst its banks and deluge a city north of Tokyo.

Amsterdam hospital evacuates hundreds after pipe burst flood

Den Haag - Around 350 patients at one of Amsterdam's largest hospitals, including a dozen newborns, were evacuated on Tuesday after a water main ruptured and flooded the building, the hospital said.

Pope says never again, recalling 'horrific' WWII atomic bombings

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Sunday that the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings still evoked "horror and revulsion" 70 years on and called for a ban on nuclear arms and weapons of mass destruction.

Japan marks 70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing

Hiroshima - Tens of thousands gathered in Hiroshima Thursday to mark 70 years since the dropping of the first atomic bomb, with opinion still divided over whether its deadly destruction was justified.

Japan to mark 70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing

Hiroshima - Japan on Thursday marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima with the most senior official from Washington ever scheduled to attend memorial ceremonies.

24 dead in Bangladesh charity handout stampede

Mymensingh - A stampede during a Ramadan charity handout killed at least 24 people in Bangladesh on Friday as hundreds of desperately poor people tried to get their hands on free clothing, police said.

Brazil landslides kill 13 as heavy downpour continues

Bras - At least 13 people have been killed in deadly landslides triggered by heavy rain in northeastern Brazil, and officials warned Tuesday havoc could continue as downpours persist.
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Flooded houses at Harbor Town in Memphis
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Memorial display for hundreds of schoolchildren killed in the sinking of the ferry Sewol is shown at Hwarang Public Garden in Ansan, South Korea.
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Protest on the 29th Anniversary of the Bhopal disaster.
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The ferry Sewol sinking.
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Woman expresses grief and anger at the lives lost during the disaster.
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Last Sunday morning's earthquake was powerful enough to damage hundreds of Northern California homes and businesses.
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Footage of the devastation of the tsunami in Japan
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JETLINER: A Germanwings Airbus jetliner lands in Dusseldorf in 2012.
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Tsunami, Pacific coast of Japan March 11, 2011. Photo taken March 24, 2011
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Arial view of the nuclear power plant at Fukushima
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The widows waiting at the Fairmont Mine Disaster in 1907
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File photo: Coal Miner at work
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A destroyed road in Vermont, due to Hurricane Irene
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