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# disasters - Saturday 5 August, 2017

Death toll from extreme weather in Europe 'could rise by factor of 50 by 2100'

Two in three people living in Europe may be affected by disasters, according to a new study.

# disasters - Thursday 3 March, 2016

From The Daily Edge 13 food fails that would make any Irish person murderous Food Fails

# disasters - Monday 20 April, 2015

'We're looking at the worst massacre ever seen in the Mediterranean'

A crisis meeting is being held today over the migrant disaster.

# disasters - Friday 2 January, 2015

Explainer: Why migrants are being smuggled to Europe on ghost ships

This week, one ship narrowly avoided crashing into the coast of Italy.

# disasters - Tuesday 30 December, 2014

Poll: Following this year's air disasters, are you more afraid to fly? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Following this year's air disasters, are you more afraid to fly?

Do all of these incidents play on your mind?

# disasters - Saturday 6 September, 2014

# disasters - Sunday 30 March, 2014

These 10 cities are most at risk of natural disasters Duck And Cover This post contains images

# disasters - Friday 11 October, 2013

Women and children 14 times more likely to die during disasters

Adolescent girls in disasters are being drastically failed when they are at their most vulnerable, says CEO of Plan Ireland.

# disasters - Wednesday 5 June, 2013

Locked doors a sign of China work-safety failings

The country’s economy has surged into second place globally, but industrial safety conditions are not good.

# disasters - Sunday 19 August, 2012

Column: How to stop crises becoming disasters

On World Humanitarian Day, Concern Director in Kenya Anne O’Mahony writes from Nairobi on tackling the underlying causes of vulnerability to the worst effects of manmade and natural shocks.

# disasters - Monday 21 March, 2011

Driver films the terrifying moment his car is engulfed by the tsunami (Video)

Driver had a miracle escape as his car was hit by a wall of water on March 11 – but kept going.

# disasters - Monday 9 August, 2010

THE DENSE SMOG covering Moscow is being blamed for raising the level of fatalities from the Russian wildfires, according to Aljazeera. The death rate in the city has doubled since the smoke covered the city as peat fires on the outskirts of the capital continue to burn.

The country is going through its longest heat wave for at least 1,000 years, according to the Russian Meteorological Centre.

Russia’s department of health blamed the heat and increased pollution for the rise in deaths. Carbon monoxide levels in Moscow have been recorded today at 2.2 times higher than acceptable levels, dropping slightly from the three times level recorded yesterday.

A slideshow of the smog-filled streets of Moscow can be seen here.

Authorities in Moscow have opened ‘anti-smog’ centres which contain air-conditioned rooms where city residents can escape the heat and the polluted air.

Tourists visiting the city have donned face masks to protect themselves from the smoky air. The Moscow Times reports that Russia’s top public doctor has appealed to visitors not to be put off because of the smog, saying that only Moscow is afflicted.

Russian state media reports today that China has offered aid to Russians affected by the fires, which were caused by the extreme heat affecting the country for the past two months. Over 50 people have been killed by the fires in the past fortnight, and another 3,500 were forced to evacuate their homes.

The heatwave, which has set record temperatures in Moscow, is forecast to continue for at least another week.

This footage shows firefighters battling the flames:

NATURAL DISASTERS across Europe and Asia have killed thousands of people, and have forced thousands more to flee their homes

Floods are continuing to plague Pakistan and China, and fires across Russia are causing serious damage and have covered Moscow in a thick smog.

Central Europe saw heavy rainfall over the weekend, which resulted in severe flooding in parts of Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic.