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UN ask for $30mn to help cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu

Ginebra - The United Nations on Tuesday launched an urgent appeal for nearly $30 million to provide life-saving assistance in Vanuatu after the island nation was ravaged by cyclone Pam.

Religion helps Vanuatuans through cyclone shock

- Celine Jimmy prayed three times before running out of a clubhouse into the darkness to a family home as Cyclone Pam roared through her village in Vanuatu, her four children close by her side.

Half of Vanuatu's population affected by Cyclone Pam: UN

Vila - More than half of the South Pacific island nation Vanuatu's population has been affected by Cyclone Pam, the UN said Saturday as the death toll rose to 16.

Fresh water fears as Vanuatu toll creeps up

Vila - The death toll from Cyclone Pam which devastated Vanuatu rose to 13 Friday, the UN said, as concerns mount about supplies of fresh water across the ravaged Pacific nation.

Vanuatu slams lack of aid coordination, says food running out

Vila - Vanuatu has hit out at aid groups swarming the cyclone-ravaged Pacific nation over a lack of coordination, which it said cost precious time getting help to those in need, while warning food will run out in a week.

Aid starts flowing to Vanuatu as remote islands plead for help

Vila - Aid began arriving in some of cyclone-hit Vanuatu's worst affected islands Wednesday but others remain isolated, with flights over the Pacific nation showing desperate villagers spelling out the letter "H" for help.

Fears of food shortages in Vanuatu as huge damage revealed

Vila - Vanuatu warned Tuesday it faces imminent food shortages as accounts emerged of huge damage to a large outer island, days after one of the fiercest cyclones on record pummelled the Pacific archipelago.

Vanuatu picks up pieces after cyclone batters island nation

Vila - Days after a massive tropical cyclone lashed the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, residents of the capital Port Vila slowly began picking up the pieces amidst apocalyptic scenes.

Women are key in tackling disaster: UN officials

Sendai - Women are far more exposed to disasters than men given their frontline roles in the home and in healthcare, the UN says, arguing that improving gender equality is key to saving lives.

Death toll reaches 24 in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam

Vila - Twenty-four people have been killed by Cyclone Pam which tore through Vanuatu, the UN said Tuesday, as the Pacific nation's president pleaded for help to rebuild the archipelago's "completely destroyed" infrastructure.

Aid effort kicks in after 'monster' cyclone ravages Vanuatu

Vila - Aid began arriving in Vanuatu Sunday as the tiny Pacific nation struggled to uncover the devastation wrought by what relief workers warned could be one of the worst storms to ever hit the region.

Angola storm death toll rises to 69, half children

Luanda - The death toll from torrential rains that pounded the Angolan town of Lobito has risen to 69, including 36 children, officials said Saturday as search efforts for bodies continued.

Dozens feared dead as cyclone pounds Pacific island of Vanuatu

Vila - A terrifying tropical cyclone which smashed into Vanuatu in the South Pacific wreaked "complete devastation", an aid agency said, raising fears Saturday that dozens may have died in what may be one of the region's worst weather disasters.

Flooding in Vanuatu as cyclone hits maximum strength

Suva - Tropical Cyclone Pam triggered flooding along with evacuation orders affecting thousands of people in Vanuatu on Friday as it intensified to a maximum-strength storm offshore, officials said.

Man hit by 100-kg chunk of ice while walking along street

A 56-year-old man was sent to hospital with a concussion late Tuesday afternoon after a 100kg chunk of ice landed on his head in downtown Ottawa as he walked along the pavement, leaving him in serious condition.

Skiers in cable car drama as storms wreak havoc in Italy

Rome - Around 200 holiday skiers in the Italian Dolomites were winched to safety on Thursday after getting stranded in cable car cabins buffeted by 80 mile (130 km) an hour winds.

Plane skids off New York runway as winter storm hits US

New York - An airliner skidded off a runway at New York's La Guardia airport and slid to a halt just yards from frigid waters, as a snow storm battered the US coast from Texas to Boston.

Death toll from Afghan avalanches tops 200

Parwan - More than 200 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall around Afghanistan, officials said Thursday, warning the death toll could rise still further.

Ice sculpture of Jeep left in North Carolina parking lot

Greenville - Two interesting ice sculptures recently popped up in North Carolin as a result of the never-ending winter weather that has hit the United States in recent weeks.

Death toll from weekend avalanches in Alps rises to five

Grenoble - The weekend death toll in the vacation-packed Alps rose Sunday when a man was killed in an avalanche in France, after four people perished earlier in a snowslide in Switzerland, police said.

1,500 homes damaged by Cyclone Marcia in Australia

Mackay - Australian officials said Sunday all efforts were being made to help those hit by Tropical Cyclone Marcia, which smashed through Queensland state leaving 1,500 homes damaged and thousands without electricity.

Australia clears up after 'devastating' twin cyclones

Rockhampton - Australia was clearing up Saturday after two severe cyclones left a trail of destruction, wrecking hundreds of homes and cutting electricity to tens of thousands, even as authorities warned of more flooding and gusty winds to come.

Toronto toddler found dead after wandering into freezing night

Toronto - A three-year-old boy who wandered out into a bitter cold winter night in Toronto barely dressed has been found dead, in a tragic end to a saga that gripped the Canadian city.

Warnings after blizzards sweep across Middle East

Jerusalem - Snow blanketed much of Israel, Jordan and Lebanon early on Friday, with many residents urged to stay in their homes because of blocked or icy roads.

Powerful Cyclone Marcia makes landfall in Australia

Sydney - Powerful Cyclone Marcia roared ashore Friday in a heavily-populated area of northeastern Australia as officials warned of a "calamity".

Two 'destructive' cyclones intensify as they hit Australia

Sydney - A "destructive" cyclone roaring towards a heavily-populated Australian province has intensified to a category five, the most severe ranking, meteorologists said early Friday as a second powerful storm made landfall further north.

Dirty milky rain falls over Washington and Oregon

Residents of Washington and Oregon are cleaning up a strange white milky residue that fell from the sky during the last rain storm.

Heavy snow blocks highways and pilgrims in north Spain

Aguilar De Camp - Heavy snowfall in northern Spain has blocked roads and rail services as well as pilgrims attempting to reach the city of Santiago de Compostela.

Op-Ed: Miscalculate the weather, and you lose billions

New York City - Planes can't fly through a brick of snow. But who's to say when these bricks will actually come in the predicted force and tenacity, and what are the penalties for being wrong?

Weatherman deals with technical difficulties in hilarious video

Phoenix - According to what the FOX 10 Phoenix weather map was saying yesterday, temperatures were in the 2,000 range in parts of Arizona.
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