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Ex-coast guard chief charged over bungled South Korea ferry rescue

Seoul - A former South Korean coast guard chief was indicted Tuesday for allegedly bungling rescue operations at one of the country's deadliest maritime disasters, when more than 300 people were killed, most of them schoolchildren.

Avalanches kill nearly 40 in eastern Turkey

Ankara - At least 33 people were killed in eastern Turkey Wednesday by a second avalanche which buried a team of rescuers searching for people hit by the first the day before.

A year after Brazil dam breach, the mud has dried but not the tears

Brumadinho - Before saying a prayer for her older sister, Natalia de Oliveira lights a candle and places it next to rosary beads and a photo of her sibling killed in a massive dam collapse in Brazil.

Vale ex-boss charged with homicide over Brazil dam collapse: official

Belo Horizonte - State prosecutors in Brazil on Tuesday charged the ex-boss of mining giant Vale and 15 others with intentional homicide in a massive dam collapse that killed 270 people last year.

Vale, auditor charged over deadly Brazil dam collapse: official

Belo Horizonte - State prosecutors in Brazil on Tuesday charged mining giant Vale, its German auditor and 16 individuals over a massive dam collapse that killed 270 people last year.

Philippines Christmas typhoon death toll climbs to 41

Manila - The number of deaths from a powerful storm that hit the Philippines on Christmas has climbed to 41, authorities said Sunday, with tens of thousands still in evacuation centres.

Philippines' Typhoon Phanfone toll jumps to 28

Manila - The death toll from Typhoon Phanfone's battering of the Philippines on Christmas Day has risen to 28, and will likely climb further, authorities said on Friday.

Typhoon Phanfone kills at least 16 in Philippines

Manila - A typhoon that swept across remote villages and popular tourist areas of the central Philippines on Christmas day claimed at least 16 lives, authorities said on Thursday.

Indonesia mourns 15 years after Boxing Day tsunami

Banda Aceh - Thousands of mourners flocked to mass graves Thursday in Indonesia's Aceh province to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, one of the worst natural disasters in history.

Typhoon Phanfone kills at least 16 in Philippines

Manila - Tourists on the popular Philippine holiday island of Boracay were stranded on Thursday after a typhoon swept across on Christmas Day, killing at least 16 people in other parts of the country.

US accused of seeking climate funding waiver at UN talks

Madrid - The United States was accused Wednesday of using crunch UN talks to avoid compensating poorer nations hit by climate change, despite its decision to leave the process to limit global warming.

Typhoon Kammuri death toll hits 13 in Philippines

Manila - The number of people killed by Typhoon Kammuri's pounding of the Philippines this week has hit 13, officials said Thursday, as authorities confirmed reports of storm-related deaths.

In nations rich and poor, climate-related disasters on the uptick

Madrid - Japan, the Philippines and Germany top a list of countries worst hit by climate-enhanced extreme weather last year, with Madagascar and India close behind, researchers said Wednesday.

Australians warned worst bushfires may be yet to come

Taree - Sydney is facing a "catastrophic" fire threat, authorities said on Sunday, as firefighters in eastern Australia raced to prepare for worsening conditions after ferocious bushfires devastated communities.

Brazil's Vale failed to report dam defects that could have avoided tragedy: official

Rio De Janeiro - Mining giant Vale failed to report problems at a massive tailings dam in Brazil that could have averted its collapse, killing hundreds, a government agency said Tuesday.

Toll in Philippine quakes climbs to 21

Manila - The death toll in two powerful quakes that struck the southern Philippines in the past week has risen to 21, authorities said Sunday, as survivors struggled to access food and water.The 6.6-magnitude and 6.

Brazil building collapse death toll rises to four: official

Rio De Janeiro - The death toll from a building collapse in Brazil has risen to four, officials said Thursday, but the figure could go higher as rescuers search for another six people reported missing.

Rescuers search for nine missing in Brazil building collapse

Rio De Janeiro - Firefighters were searching for at least nine people missing after a seven-story residential building collapsed in northeast Brazil on Tuesday, officials said.

Myanmar battles rising floodwaters after landslide kills 52

Mawlamyine - Myanmar troops and emergency responders scrambled to provide aid in flood-hit parts of the country Sunday after rising waters forced residents to flee by boat and a landslide killed at least 52 people.

Myanmar troops help flood rescue after landslide kills 51

Mawlamyine - Myanmar troops deployed to flood-hit parts of the country on Sunday to help with relief efforts after rising waters left thousands stranded and the death toll from a landslide jumped to 51.

Survivors of deadly Laos dam collapse homeless a year on: report

Bangkok - Thousands are languishing in displacement camps in Laos a year after a dam break unleashed floodwaters and killed dozens of people in the impoverished state, a new report on the anniversary of the disaster said Tuesday.

Woman rescued as death toll rises in Mumbai building collapse

Mumbai - Rescuers pulled a woman from the rubble of a Mumbai building a day after it collapsed but her two young children did not survive, officials said Wednesday, as the death toll from the tragedy rose to 13.

Four dead, 12 feared trapped after Mumbai building collapse

Mumbai - Four people were killed and at least others 12 feared trapped under rubble after a building collapsed as heavy monsoon rains lashed India's financial capital Mumbai on Tuesday, officials said, the second such tragedy in two weeks.

India recovers 13 bodies after monsoon dam breach

Mumbai - Thirteen bodies have been recovered in western India after the heaviest monsoon rains in a decade breached a dam and caused mayhem in Mumbai, authorities said Thursday.

Wall collapse kills 18 as monsoon chaos hits Mumbai

Mumbai - At least 18 people were killed in Mumbai Tuesday when a wall collapsed as the heaviest monsoon rains in a decade brought chaos to India's financial capital and surrounding areas.

Powerful Indonesian quake felt in Australia

Jakarta - A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck remote eastern Indonesia on Monday, forcing people to flee office buildings as far away as the northern Australian city of Darwin, officials and reports said.

US Congress sends huge disaster relief bill to Trump

Washington - The US Congress overcame months of delays to finally pass a $19.1 billion relief package Monday to help victims of flooding, wildfires and hurricanes that have devastated communities from Puerto Rico to California.

Brazil braces for another tailings dam collapse

Belo Horizonte - Thousands of Brazilians braced Monday for the possible collapse of another tailings dam owned by mining giant Vale that threatens to spew millions of tons of toxic sludge over towns, rivers and forest.

Ten million people displaced internally by conflict in 2018: monitors

Geneva - Conflict forced more than 10 million people to flee their homes to live elsewhere within their own country last year, bringing the total number of people internally displaced by violence to a record high, monitors said Friday.

Six years after Bangladesh factory disaster, rights groups issue 'grim' warning

Dhaka - Six years after one of the world's most devastating factory disasters led to international safety monitoring in Bangladesh, campaigners are warning of "grim consequences" if such oversight is abandoned.
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The ferry Sewol sinking.
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Protest on the 29th Anniversary of the Bhopal disaster.
Protest on the 29th Anniversary of the Bhopal disaster.
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Arial view of the nuclear power plant at Fukushima
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File photo: Coal Miner at work
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