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Cyclone Fani death toll rises to 42 in India, Bangladesh

May 05, 2019 - 10:50 PM

Many of the fatalities are from eastern India's Odisha state

Local residents work to clear away debris next to broken palm trees in Puri on May 5, 2019, after Cyclone Fani swept through the area. - Cyclone Fani, one of the biggest to hit India in years, tore into Odisha on May 3, leaving a trail of devastation across the coastal state of 46 million people before swinging towards Bangladesh. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)

Major disaster averted as weakened Fani hits Bangladesh

May 04, 2019 - 8:08 PM

But the storm was still packing a punch, with winds of up to 70 km/hr and heavy rain battering the Indian state of West Bengal, its capital Kolkata, and the Sundarbans mangrove forest area overnight and on Saturday morning

CYCLONE FANI. People fix their damaged homes amid high waters in Khulna on May 4, 2019, as Cyclone Fani reached Bangladesh. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Mozambique records first cholera cases after Cyclone Kenneth

May 03, 2019 - 9:02 PM

The city of Pemba registers 11 cases of the disease while the neighboring district of Mecufi has 3

CYCLONE KENNETH. Residents walk in the flooded streets of the Paquite district of Pemba on April 29, 2019, as Cyclone Kenneth hit northern Mozambique. File photo by Emidio Jozine/AFP

At least 9 dead as monster cyclone enters Bangladesh

May 03, 2019 - 1:00 PM

(4th UPDATE) The monster weather system makes landfall at the holy city of Puri, with winds gusting at up to 200 kilometers per hour

CYCLONE FANI. Indian commuters navigate down a nearly deserted road in Puri in the eastern Indian state of Odisha early on May 3, 2019, as Cyclone Fani approaches the Indian coastline. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Mass evacuations as monster cyclone heads for India

May 02, 2019 - 2:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Indian weather service says Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani is expected to make landfall on Friday afternoon, May 3, in Odisha state

CYCLONE FANI. This May 1, 2019, satellite image obtained courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows Tropical Cyclone Fani intensifying in the Bay of Bengal. HAndout photo by NOAA/AFP

India braces for cyclone, puts navy on alert

May 01, 2019 - 11:48 PM

Authorities have ordered the evacuation of thousands of people from coastal districts likely to bear the brunt of the storm

FANI. Track map of Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani of the 2019 North Indian Ocean cyclone season. Image from Wikimedia Commons

Aid agencies rush to bring aid to Mozambique cyclone survivors

Apr 30, 2019 - 11:20 PM

'The priority is getting aid to Ibo because it hasn’t been reached yet,' says Deborah Nguyen, spokeswoman for World Food Programme

HELP. Aid is unloaded off a truck and taken to a waiting World Food Programme helicopter to be deliver to Ibo Island and Quissanga in northern Mozambique on April 30 , 2019. Photo by Emidio Josine/AFP

38 killed as floods worsen in Mozambique after second cyclone

Apr 29, 2019 - 8:53 PM

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs describes it as the strongest cyclone to ever lash Africa, and predicts further heavy rain over the coming days

CYCLONE KENNETH. Residents brave the floods in Mazive, southern Mozambique, on April 28, 2019. Photo by Emidio Josine/AFP

Mozambique fears 'devastating' floods after Cyclone Kenneth

Apr 28, 2019 - 11:57 PM

'We are very worried because, according to the forecasts, heavy rain is expected for the next 4 days,' says a spokeswoman for the UN World Food Program

AFTERMATH. Residents stand next to a road partially destroyed by floods after heavy downpours in Pemba, on April 28, 2019, after the destruction caused by Cyclone Kenneth. Photo by AFP

First death as Cyclone Kenneth hits Mozambique

Apr 26, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The United Nations warns of flash flooding and landslides as Mozambique's emergency situation institute reports one person is killed by a falling coconut tree at Pemba in Cabo Delgado

CYCLONE KENNETH. People stand by damaged houses and fallen trees on April 25, 2019 in Moroni after tropical storm Kenneth hit Comoros before heading to recently cyclone-ravaged Mozambique. Photo by Ibrahim Youssouf/AFP

Cyclone-ravaged Mozambique threatened by new tropical storm

Apr 24, 2019 - 12:18 AM

The poor southern African country is still reeling from the impact of deadly Cyclone Idai which left about 1,000 dead in Mozambique and Zimbabwe

DISPLACED. A woman walks through a camp for displaced people in Nhamatanda district on April 15, 2019. Photo by Zinyange Auntony/AFP

Cyclone Idai damages estimated at $2 billion: World Bank

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:02 AM

"To date, about three million people have been affected, with near total damage in the worst affected areas," says the World Bank

AFTERMATH. Fernando Joao Sengelani helps to clean his friend's shop in Buzi, Mozambique, on March 23, 2019, after the area was hit by the Cyclone Idai. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

Cyclone Idai's death toll nears 1,000 in Mozambique, Zimbabwe

Apr 10, 2019 - 8:29 PM

Zimbabwe updates its toll to 344 while Mozambique says recorded fatalities stand at 602, taking the combined tally to 946

DESTRUCTION. In this file photo taken on April 01, 2019, debris and destroyed buildings which stood in the path of Cyclone Idai can be seen in this aerial photograph over the Praia Nova neighbourhood in Beira. File photo by Guillem Sartorio/AFP

Mozambique steps up war against cyclone-induced cholera

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:42 PM

A World Health Organization official says 9 cholera treatment centers are being set up around the central Sofala province, which bore the brunt of the cyclone

AFTERMATH. An aerial view shows fields flooded by the cyclone Idai along the Buzi River in the Buzi region, Mozambique, on March 26, 2019. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Cyclone-ravaged Mozambique reports 5 cholera cases

Mar 27, 2019 - 6:13 PM

UN humanitarian aid chief Mark Lowcock has appealed for $282 million of relief aid over the next 3 months for Mozambique

HELP NEEDED. Women wait in a line to receive relief supplies from South Africa's disaster relief organization Gift of the Givers after the area has been isolated by the Cyclone Idai in Estaquinha, about 80km west from Beira, Mozambique, on March 26, 2019. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Mozambique cyclone survivors face 'ticking bomb' of disease

Mar 26, 2019 - 10:29 AM

As logistical conditions improve and roads to affected communities are reconnected, the full scale of the humanitarian crisis is revealed for the first time since disaster hit on March 15

LOOTING IN MOZAMBIQUE. People take part in the looting sacks of Chinese rice printed "China Aid" from a warehouse which is surrounded by water after cyclone hit in Beira, Mozambique, on March 20, 2019. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

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Mar 23, 2019 - 2:36 PM

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PARADE READY. Nudists stand in front of a cafe before the start of the Nude Love Parade in San Francisco, California on March 17, 2019. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Aid workers scramble to get relief supplies to Mozambique cyclone victims

Mar 22, 2019 - 11:01 PM

The confirmed death toll in Mozambique and neighboring Zimbabwe reaches 432 on Friday, March 22, with 293 killed in Mozambique, and around 1.7 million people affected

RELIEF. An aid worker hands a woman a cup of water in the port of Beira, Mozambique on March 22, 2019. Photo by Wikus De Wet/AFP

15,000 awaiting rescue in flood-stricken Mozambique

Mar 21, 2019 - 7:57 PM

Land and Environmental Minister Celso Correia says around 3,000 people have been rescued so far since Tropical Cyclone Idai struck the flood-prone impoverished southern African country

AFTERMATH. People take part in the looting sacks of Chinese rice printed "China Aid" from a warehouse which is surrounded by water after cyclone hit in Beira, Mozambique, on March 20, 2019. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Aid agencies struggle to rescue Mozambique cyclone victims

Mar 21, 2019 - 2:18 PM

The UN says it is 'one of the worst natural disasters in southern Africa' and launches an international appeal for relief funds

LOOTING. People take part in the looting sacks of Chinese rice printed "China Aid" from a warehouse which is surrounded by water after cyclone hit in Beira, Mozambique, on March 20, 2019. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Mozambique, Zimbabwe cyclone deaths exceed 300 as U.N. boosts aid

Mar 20, 2019 - 5:19 PM

The UN adds one of the worst storms to hit southern Africa in decades also unleashes a humanitarian crisis in Malawi, affecting nearly a million people

MOZAMBIQUE'S CYCLONE. Locals stand on a damaged section of the road between Beira and Chimoio in Nhamatanda district, central Mozambique, on March 19, 2019, after the area was hit by the Cyclone Idai. Photo by Adrien Barbier/AFP

More than 1,000 feared dead in Mozambique storm

Mar 18, 2019 - 9:08 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'When we flew over the area...this morning to understand what's going on, everything indicates that we could register more than 1,000 deaths,' says Mozambican President Felipe Nyusi

AFTERMATH. Residents are seen protecting themselves by the rain in the aftermath of the passage of the cyclone Idai in Beira, Mozambique, on March 17, 2019. Photo by Adrien Barbier/AFP

At least 24 dead as Cyclone Idai hits eastern Zimbabwe

Mar 16, 2019 - 10:26 PM

Zimbabwe officials say 24 are dead with over 100 people missing

FLOODED. Rain, which is believed to be the beginning of Tropical cyclone Idai coming from central Mozambique, falls in the flooded districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje in southern Malawi, on March 15, 2019. Photo by Amos Gumulira/AFP

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Jan 03, 2019 - 7:20 PM

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At least 4 dead as Cyclone Josie hits Fiji

Apr 02, 2018 - 8:11 AM

Much of the main tourist town of Nadi is underwater as Josie, with wind gusts up to 100 kilometers per hour (60 mph), causes widespread flooding before moving away from the island group

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#EveryWoman for Leila de Lima launch at the Senate on February 14, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aid reaches cyclone-hit Tonga as storm passes Fiji

Feb 14, 2018 - 9:55 AM

International aid begins trickling in to areas of Tonga devastated by Cyclone Gita, as Fiji escapes the worst of the storm's fury

DESTROYED. This handout photo taken and received from John Pulu from Tagata Pasifika on February 13, 2018 shows flooding and damage in Tonga's capital of Nuku'alofa after Cyclone Gita hit the country. John Pulu / Tagata Pasifika/AFP

Arctic blast freezes US, Canada amid NY airport chaos

Jan 07, 2018 - 7:45 AM

The big chill follows a winter storm, dubbed a 'bomb cyclone' by forecasters, which is blamed for at least 19 deaths in the United States, based on US media reports

BOMB CYCLONE. A man walks on the snow covered boardwalk during a snow storm on January 4, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images/AFP

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People visit the Harbin Ice and Snow World, part of the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin in China's northeast Heilongjiang province on January 4, 2018.The festival, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, officially opens on January 5. / AFP PHOTO / GREG BAKER

'Bomb cyclone' pounds eastern US, 4 reported dead

Jan 05, 2018 - 2:51 PM

The National Weather Service says very cold temperatures and wind chills will follow for much of the eastern third of the US through the weekend

BOMB CYCLONE. A man walks on the snow covered boardwalk during a snow storm on January 4, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images/AFP

LIST: PAGASA's names for tropical cyclones in 2018

Jan 01, 2018 - 10:00 AM

From Agaton to Zeny, here's a look at the Philippines' names for tropical cyclones this year

EXPLAINER: How tropical cyclones form

Sep 27, 2017 - 9:40 PM

A tropical cyclone is one of the Earth's strongest forces, a combination of strong, howling winds and heavy precipitation. How do these forces of nature form?

DEADLY BEAUTY. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, at peak intensity and approaching the Philippines on November 7, 2013. Image courtesy NASA

FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories

Sep 22, 2017 - 5:24 PM

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'Storm of the century' Maria pummels Puerto Rico

Sep 21, 2017 - 7:44 AM

After killing at least 9 people in the Caribbean, Maria slams into Puerto Rico's southeast coast at daybreak before churning across the US territory which is home to 3.4 million

STREWN AROUND. Lightposts lay on the ground after being damaged in the passage of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017. Hector Retamal/AFP

'Potentially catastrophic' Hurricane Maria eyes Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:35 AM

Arriving just as islanders in the region are struggling to recover from devastating Hurricane Irma which struck earlier this month, Maria claimed its first victim in the French territory of Guadeloupe

INITIAL SALVO. Tourists flee from the rain on a beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 19, 2017, prior to the arrival of Hurricane Maria. Hector Retamal/AFP

Category-5 Maria makes landfall in 'potentially catastrophic' hurricane

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:21 AM

(UPDATED) The maximum-strength storm made landfall on the Caribbean island of Dominica around 0115 GMT Tuesday with top winds swirling at 160 miles (257 kilometres) per hour, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) says

BRACING FOR MARIA. A man and a boy nail a board over a window on September 18, 2017, in Trois-Rivieres, on the Fench Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, as Hurricane Maria approaches the Caribbean. Cedrick Isham Calvados/AFP

Hurricane Maria bears down on battered Caribbean

Sep 18, 2017 - 5:19 PM

(4th UPDATE) Maria could produce a 'dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves' that would raise water levels by 4 to 6 feet

Hurricane Maria grows on Irma's path

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:54 AM

(UPDATED) Storm warnings and watches go up in many of the Caribbean islands still reeling from Irma's destructive passage

Hurricane Irma shatters multiple records

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:01 PM

UPDATED The Category Five super storm has generated winds averaging 295 kilometers per hour 183 miles per hour for more than 33 hours longer than any cyclone of comparable power ever recorded

'Bigger and stronger' storms on the horizon – experts

Aug 30, 2017 - 9:36 PM

Here are some answers to questions about the link between climate change and tropical storms known variously around the world as cyclones hurricanes and typhoons

TEXAS FLOODING. The South Park Cemetery in Pearland, Texas, is flooded by rains from Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017. Photo by H. Ellessy /LamaLens / AFP

Cyclones and climate change: connecting the dots

Aug 27, 2017 - 11:35 PM

What s missing is a detailed track record of hurricanes past the kind of decades long log of measurements that climate scientists need to discern the fingerprint of human influence

Strong winds batter seaside houses before the approaching Hurricane Harvey in Corpus Christi, Texas on August 25, 2017.  Harvey, which is set to make landfall later today into early Saturday, was packing maximum sustained winds of close to 120 miles (195 kilometers) per hour, the National Hurricane Center said. / AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON

Opium of the people in Marawi

Jul 29, 2017 - 7:30 PM

In this day and age extremism religious or otherwise has become the new opium of the people an addiction to the promise of paradise and its ultimate high is the assurance of going to heaven as a reward for martyrdom

On #WalangPasok days, teachers not required to report to schools – DepEd

Jul 28, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The Teachers Dignity Coalition reminds public school administrators teachers are not waterproof that their safety amid storms and floods should be considered

Indian navy plucks 33 cyclone survivors, body, from sea

May 31, 2017 - 8:16 PM

The INS Sumitra finds the survivors including women and children floating in the Bay of Bengal roughly 160 kilometers 100 miles off the coast of Chittagong

Hundreds of thousands evacuated as cyclone hits Bangladesh

May 30, 2017 - 11:56 AM

Bangladesh had raised its highest number 10 weather danger alert as the storm approached with officials quickly evacuating more than 300 000 people to cyclone shelters

TAKING SHELTER. Bangladeshi villagers take refuge in a cyclone shelter following an evacuation by authorities in the coastal villages of the Cox's Bazar district on May 29, 2017 as Cyclone 'Mora' gradually approaches towards the coastline. Stringer/AFP

Dante now a tropical storm, but still far from land

Apr 27, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The storm is expected to veer away from the Philippines and will not affect weekend weather

Tropical Depression Dante enters PH area

Apr 26, 2017 - 3:44 PM

However the storm is not expected to make landfall as it is forecast to eventually move northeast and out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility

Tropical depression Dante set to enter PH area

Apr 25, 2017 - 5:54 PM

The weather disturbance is last located 1 285 km east of southern Luzon and is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility within Tuesday April 25

Big clean-up under way in flood-ravaged Australia

Apr 03, 2017 - 2:39 PM

The Insurance Council of Australia estimates the damage bill could reach Aus 1 billion US 770 million

SUBMERGED. This handout from the Queensland Police Service taken on March 29, 2017 shows flood waters submerging part of a highway near the Cyclone Debbie-hit Bowen area in Queensland. Queensland Police Service