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Tuesday 30 May 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Natural Disaster

Last month
April 2023
# southeast france
Four killed following avalanche in French Alps
The avalanche occurred near Mont Blanc earlier today.
This year
# Earthquake
Rescue efforts continuing in Turkey and Syria following large earthquakes as death toll rises
Ireland, the US, the EU and Russia have all sent condolences and offers of help.
The first quake was centred about 96km from the Syrian border outside the city of Gaziantep.
Ireland, the United States, the European Union and Russia have all sent condolences and offers of help.
The Embassy of Ireland in Turkey has said Irish citizens who are in the affected area and need urgent consular assistance can make contact.
Tánaiste announces €2 million in emergency aid for Turkey and Syria following earthquakes
All time
# Kumamoto
Two dead after flooding hits southern Japan
More than 75,000 residents in the southern prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima were asked to evacuate.
Cyclone Idai: A father searches the rubble for his dead children as millions are at risk of food shortages
It is hard to describe the utter devastation of the worst natural disaster to hit the Southern Hemisphere, writes Gabriella Pandini.
# Oklahoma
Two killed and 29 injured as 'devastating' tornado tears through US mobile home park
The tornado struck El Reno, near Oklahoma City, on Saturday night.
# Natural Disaster
Fast-moving wildfires kill at least five people and force 157,000 to evacuate their homes in US
Fires are burning across the western US state of California.
# Natural Disaster
Indonesia reluctantly accepts international help as it struggles to reach 200,000 desperate victims
Rescue efforts have been hampered by a lack of heavy machinery and severed transport links.
# Sulawesi
Indonesian earthquake and tsunami death toll grows as authorities prepare for 1,300 victims
Medicines are running out and rescuers are struggling with a shortage of heavy equipment.
# Sulawesi
Almost 400 killed in Indonesian earthquake as hospitals struggle to cope
The main airport in Palu is expected to stay closed for at least 24 hours, complicating disaster relief efforts.
# Tsunami
Tsunami hits Indonesia after powerful earthquake
The 1.5 metre tsunami slammed into Sulawesi island.
# Volcan de Fuego
Children among 25 people killed after Guatemala volcano erupts
Search efforts for those who are missing were suspended last night due to dangerous conditions.
# Disaster
'They have nowhere else': Sierra Leone mudslide victims move back to homes in danger zone
The August mudslide killed more than 1,000 people and there are fears for another landslide in the next rainy season.
# Hurricane Maria
Donald Trump has accused Puerto Ricans of wanting 'everything done for them'
The island has been left without electricity and running water due to two hurricanes hurtling across the island.
# Freetown
Deadly Sierra Leone floods one of the worst single-day disasters in its history
The death toll is expected to rise as around 600 people are still missing. The President has appealed for a global response.
# Freetown
Over 300 dead after mudslide sweeps through Sierra Leone's capital
Thousands have been left homeless and there’s an “overwhelming number of dead” after severe flooding and mudslides in Freetown.
# Colombia
'Under the mud I am sure there are more': Mudslides kill 112 people in Colombia
The incident was triggered by intense rains.
# oh hell no
Council plans massive €19m visitors centre and tree top walkway at Hellfire Club
Critics say the plans will damage the natural environment of the mountainous region.
# overworked
'Grave doubts' that Irish hospitals could cope with a massive disaster
“We would struggle to deliver care” warns consultant in emergency medicine as waiting lists and overcrowding dominate health sector.
# massive quake
Five dead and more than 1 million evacuated from homes in Chile earthquake
Buildings were reported to have swayed as far away as Buenos Aires.
We’re playing God with the lives of the poorest people on Earth
When it comes to climate change, we can’t blame ‘Acts of God’ for destroying our planet. We can only blame ourselves.
# Destruction
Lives reduced to rubble: Remembering the Haiti earthquake five years on
More than 220,000 people lost their lives in the disaster.
# Natural Disaster
Rescuers dig through mud after Indonesian landslide kills 8 people
100 people are still unaccounted for following the landslide.
# Evacuation
Typhoon Hagupit makes landfall in the Philippines
The evacuation has been stepped up by authorities.
# Mount Ontake
More than 30 feared dead in Japan as volcano continues to erupt
Official say 45 to 49 hikers sheltered overnight in cabins on the mountain.
# Pacific Ring of Fire
Amazing video captured by Japanese hikers running for cover as volcano erupts
At least eleven hikers were injured when Mount Ontake started spewing ash and smoke.
# Natural Disaster
350 dead and 2,500 feared lost after landslide flattens Afghan town
Villagers were at Friday prayers in two mosques when they were swamped by a tide of debris
# Aid
Rain puts 'fear in the eyes of children' in the Philippines
“You can see the little children when it starts to rain, you can see the fear in their eyes, that what they thought was the end of the world but managed to survive is coming back for them.”
# Philippines
The heartbreaking tale of the babies of Typhoon Haiyan
In Tacloban, babies continue to arrive and are the most vulnerable to the region’s problems.
# typhoon haiyan
US aircraft carrier steams in to Philippines as UN admits slow response
The head of the UN humanitarian fund says that six days on, logistical problems mean help still hasn’t reached some places.
Column: People in the Philippines are desperate, stunned and hopeless
As a Filipino, I know we’re a resilient nation – but this time the devastation is so great that people are truly desperate. This sort of disaster is simply unprecedented, writes Dr Natasha Reyes.
# Philippines
In Pictures: Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan attempt to leave Tacloban
Evacuation flights from the devastated city are scarce, meaning that tensions are rising.
# Philippines
Gilmore announces €1m emergency fund for Philippines relief effort
200 tarpaulins, 85 family tents, 10,000 blankets and other basic food and hygiene necessities are also being sent.
# Death Toll
Over 100 people confirmed dead in Philippines typhoon, death toll could reach 1,000
The typhoon moved on to Vietnam today.
# Natural Disaster
One of the most powerful typhoons on record hits Philippines
Super Typhoon Haiyan – with winds of 315km/ph – smashed into coastal communities before dawn today.
# Conservation
This group is digitally preserving the world’s heritage sites for future generations
War and natural disasters are causing destruction so a non-profit organisation plans to digitally scan 500 heritage sites over the next five years.
# pets on a plane
In an emergency situation your pet can now travel without its passport
Dog and cat owners can rest assured that if a natural disaster strikes or they are caught up in political unrest, they can now bring their pets home without clearing the usual inspections.
# Storms
Six die as powerful storm hits Texas
A powerful storm spawned tornadoes which hit several times in Hood, Tarrant, Dallas and Parker counties last night.
# Natural Disaster
Iran: 33 killed in strong earthquake
The earthquake measured 6.3 on the Richter Scale.
# satellites
Eyes in sky help when catastrophe strikes
International agreement allows satellites to be pulled out of their orbit to monitor natural or manmade disasters.
# Careful Now
What causes a sinkhole?
And why are some more slow-moving than others?