Natural Disasters

Resilience - A True Story

Unni Krishnan | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK
Unni Krishnan

We walk along corridors past men, women and children sleeping on the floor. The storm has blown the roof away from the buildings in the school complex, there are cracks on the walls. One young man steps in to one partly damaged building as people wait anxiously outside.

Is The World Making True Progress In Disaster Preparedness?

Louis Sherman | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Sherman

Today we see Haiti ripped apart even more so than ever before, and now we must look to how future preparedness schemes across the world could halt such tragedies as those happening in Haiti happening to any other countries ever again into the future.

Hurricane Matthew In Haiti: We Must Leave No One Behind

Aleema Shivji | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK
Aleema Shivji

Seeing the images of Haiti devastated by Hurricane Matthew moves me and gives me a feeling of déjà vu. I have been lucky enough to work in Haiti over several years and loved my time spent alongside some incredible Haitians. But it also brings back memories of facing a terrible disaster...

World Humanitarian Summit: Drowning ... In Silence

Helen Morton | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Politics
Helen Morton

The image of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler washed ashore on a Turkish beach, is one of the most resonant of our times. A picture that changed the pi...

Rebuilding Nepal After Devastating Earthquake

Chris Bain | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Chris Bain

Kamala Thalea lost her son, two daughters and her mother when a devastating earthquake hit Nepal one year ago. She said, "My family and old life are gone now, I only have my eldest daughter left with me."

A Huge Earthquake Has Left Dozens Dead In Ecuador

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 17.04.2016 | UK

Dozens of people have died after Ecuador was hit by the strongest earthquake in decades - and the death toll is continuing to rise. The quake is belie...

A Year of Pain but Some Progress

Louis Sherman | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Sherman

I believe people are starting to come together, and considering there are 7 billion of us it will always take more than a year. We all have different views, and rightly so, but surely we must all agree that a world focussed on progressing forward and away from hate should always be a slightly better one?

'Muslims for Humanity': A Journey From Pakistan to Cumbria

Wadood Ahmad Daud | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Wadood Ahmad Daud

I have fond memories of Pakistan. Still fresh to me are the rich fragrances of its aromatic food, the heat of a beautiful spring morning and the unquantifiable potential of its people. In many ways it has all the ingredients to become a heaven on earth.

Paris Climate Talks: Generations Will Judge Us on the Road We Now Choose

Barry Gardiner | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

The road to the Paris climate talks has been paved across decades. And as leaders convene in the capital today, they'd do well to look to those campaigners - past and present - whose resolve, courage and vision has roused the world to reach this moment.

Rain Rain Go Away... Dealing With Stormy Weather After Surviving a Natural Disaster

Ella Robson | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Robson

Recovery is a journey, as cheesy as that sounds... and the recent weather has reminded me of how possible it is to overcome things, no matter how horrible things get... it's human nature to grow, to try our hardest to move forward and we should certainly celebrate every success (no matter how small...

Super-Typhoon Haiyan - Two Years On

Melanie Hargreaves | Posted 08.11.2015 | UK
Melanie Hargreaves

Just days after the storm hit, I was there on the ground visiting affected people with our emergency response teams. Nothing could have prepared me for what I was to witness - the warm, festering smells; the brown, damp rubble strewn as far as the eye could see; the body bags lying in the streets and the desperation in peoples' faces.

The Bold Man and the Sea

Unni Krishnan | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK
Unni Krishnan

Japanese boat man gives a crash course in disaster management. Standing on the bridge of the Himawari (sunflower), the boat Susumu Sugawara, 72, sail...

Six Months On: Joy of Nepal Quake Mother Shreya

Natalie Curtis | Posted 23.10.2016 | UK
Natalie Curtis

The devastating impact of the earthquake on the economy and hence employment also means many men are migrating overseas, leaving behind an increasing number of women headed households having to look after families alone... Shreya however, like many Nepalese people, is optimistic about the future.

Nepal Earthquake: One Child Trafficked is One Too Many

Tracy Shields | Posted 30.07.2016 | UK
Tracy Shields

When I arrived in Nepal 3 months after the earthquake I wasn't sure what to expect. At first glance Kathmandu appears unaffected, but as you walk thro...

Rebuilding Nepal Starts With Children and Communities

Nigel Chapman | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK
Nigel Chapman

Nepal was one of the poorest countries in Asia before the earthquakes. There is an opportunity to strengthen so much, not just the physical buildings, but the institutions of government nationally and locally, and reinforce social cohesion and the Nepali national spirit. It must not be wasted.

Meet The Superhero Robots That Will Save The Day

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Tech

The countdown to the DARPA Robotics Challenge has begun as the finals kick off tomorrow in Pomona, California. A total of 24 teams will be competin...

A Huge Earthquake Has Struck Off The Coast Of Japan

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK

A huge earthquake measuring 7.8 in magnitude has struck off the coast of Japan, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The quake ...

This Incredible Drone Saved People's Lives After A Flood In Texas

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Tech

Texans who were left stranded after flash floods hit Johnson County were led to safety by one very incredible drone and its owner. Garrett Bryl...

Helping Restore Communications Following Natural Disasters

Andrew Dunnett | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Tech
Andrew Dunnett

It is the first time that the Instant Network Mini, weighing just 11kg and with up to a one kilometre coverage radius, would have been deployed, helping relatives reconnect and NGOs to carry out their work.

A Rare Miracle Amid The Horror Of The Nepal Earthquake

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK

As Nepal struggle to come to terms with the horrors left behind by the huge earthquake which devastated the country, there are still stories of hope. ...

Nepal Earthquake: Sending Shockwaves Through My Family

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Politics
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

It took two very anxious hours to make contact with my family. It was my 24 year old nephew who rang to inform me that my immediate family were all safe. As I was speaking to him on the phone there was an aftershock, which was very strong. I could hear in his voice how incredibly scared and afraid he was and I tried to reassure him from thousands of miles away.

The Perilous Road to Kathmandu

Tanya Barron | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK
Tanya Barron

Today we need to head into Kathmandu and towards the epicentre. Colleagues have children they need to see. And we need to be close to the epicentre to help manage our response. The reports coming in from rural districts around the epicentre are alarming. Our staff are telling us that many, many buildings have collapsed. Homes, schools, hospitals. The hope is that since the earthquake struck on Saturday lunchtime, casualties will be minimised as fewer people would have been in public buildings.

Interview With 'The Minnow' Author Diana Sweeney

Alix Long | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

There is something whimsical, compelling, even frightening, about the idea of a coastal community. A group of wind-beaten and artistic human beings, j...

Grim Night For Cyclone Hit Vanuatu Residents As Dozens Feared Dead

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK

Residents in cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu hunkered in emergency shelters for a second straight night on Saturday after venturing out to find their homes da...

Ebola - Not Coming Soon to a Town Near You

Saleh Saeed | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK
Saleh Saeed

Following my visit, I found that the amazing resilience of the local communities, working alongside truly heroic overseas medical staff and aid workers, had left an overwhelming impression on me. It is thanks to each one of them that Ebola has not reached our shores this time around. But, if the immense poverty in countries like Sierra Leone persists then there is no saying when the next outbreak of Ebola - or something equally horrific - will occur.