Natural Disasters

Massive Earthquake Strikes Chile, Sparking Tsunami Warnings

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK

An enormous earthquake, measuring a magnitude of 8.2, has struck off northern Chile's coast causing a tsunami, and a climbing death toll. A 6.9 foo...

Hurray for World Vision! Round One to the World's Impoverished Children - Or Not?

Terry Ally | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Terry Ally

After fighting hard, being the trailblazer for Christian organisations rights to hire and fire on faith basis and opposing USAID's attempt - just two years ago - to "strongly encourage" faith-based contractors to stop discriminating against LGBT people in order to receive federal funding, one wonders what went wrong in the World Vision board room.

Why We Need to Think Again About How We Deal With Humanitarian Crises

William Garvelink | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK
William Garvelink

As disasters continue to increase in lives lost and in damage costs it is time for the international community to look again at the fundamentals of disaster response and invest in training the real First Responders, the families and communities affected by these emergencies.

What We Can Learn About Floods From Developing Countries

Dr Kate Crowley | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK
Dr Kate Crowley

Type the phrase "good in a crisis" into Google and you get 1.8 million hits. Search for "good at preventing crises" and you get just sixteen. It's a sad fact that - whether as individuals or as nations - we spend infinitely more time, energy and money dealing with problems than we do preventing them.

Where's Mavie?

Angela Singh | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Angela Singh

As a young woman living with a disability in a disaster-affected community Mavie faces even more challenges than most - Plan works hard to ensure that the rights and needs of children like Mavie are taken into account when planning for, and responding to, disasters like Typhoon Haiyan.As a young woman living with a disability in a disaster-affected community Mavie faces even more challenges than most - Plan works hard to ensure that the rights and needs of children like Mavie are taken into account when planning for, and responding to, disasters like Typhoon Haiyan.

PHOTOS: Heart Break For Families In Somerset

The Huffington Post | Elliot Wagland | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK

Moorland in Somerset is one the worst affected areas as the record rainfall sweeps through the country. The Marines have finally been called in to ...

The United States Is Selectively Slow, Too Bad for the Philippines

Francisca Stewart | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Francisca Stewart

Although the Philippine government is being criticized for not doing more, it is still difficult to find blame when it comes to natural disasters of this level. When it comes down to it, there is no one that can be directly blamed for this type of travesty, there is only so much anyone can do to prepare. The death tolls are nonetheless frightening and humbling.

Disaster in Haiti - Four Years On

Mike Baker | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK
Mike Baker

The world looked on in horror as a massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on 12 January 2010. More than 200,000 people were killed in the capital alone, along with countless thousands of animals, including beloved pets and vitally important livestock. Just 72 hours later, the WSPA, rushed to aid the animals of the devastated nation...

Philippines - The Spirit of Renewal

Toby Porter | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK
Toby Porter

It has been a tremendous experience - haunting and inspiring in equal measure. We are at the one-mile mark of a long and challenging marathon which we must plan and implement well, while also being accountable and creative.

#SAVEOURSHARKS

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Thousands of people have gathered on beaches under banners demanding Australia's government 'Save Our Sharks' and stop a planned cull, which activists...

Nine Years After the Tsunami, We Can Prevent Most Devastating Effects of Natural Disasters

Sophia Salenius | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK
Sophia Salenius

Nine years ago today the world was left stunned as the most deadly natural disaster ever recorded devastated the Indian Ocean region.

Conversation in a Hospital After Typhoon Haiyan

Agus Morales | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Agus Morales

Gilda and Emma's green house is one of the few still standing on Tacloban's seafront, although some of the walls collapsed and it suffered severe structural damage. Photo albums, books and Christmas decorations are strewn over the floor. For the first few chaotic days after the disaster, Gilda and Emma took refuge in the local church. The building sheltered dozens of families who had lost their houses.

Relief Groups Aren't Doing Much in the Philippines and Neither Is the Mayor

Keb Darge | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Keb Darge

On about day 10 the mayor appeared and took charge of distributing relief goods. This involved men with automatic rifles, light and heavy machine guns, grenade launchers etc., protecting the relief boxes until the Mayor had shifted "the good stuff" into his newly commandeered storage buildings.

We Have the Technologies to Prevent the Worst Effects of Natural Disasters - But They Need Governmental Support

Sophia Salenius | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK
Sophia Salenius

The typhoon in the Philippines reminded us all of Mother Nature's destructive power. Even in a technologically advanced 21st Century, we remain dangerously exposed to the worst she has to offer. But this doesn't have to be the case. We have the capability to utilise a wealth of information and state of the art scientific analysis to significantly improve survival rates when disasters hit.

Treating Typhoon Haiyan's Victims With Dignity

Kent Page | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK
Kent Page

For the two weeks since the typhoon, these bodies have been laying face up - staring into the alternating blazing sun and pouring rain. The smell of decomposition was overbearing, but I couldn't look away from the little girl in the white dress. It seemed so wrong for her to be left to the elements like that, and stared at by anyone passing by.

Typhoon Haiyan: Digging in for the Long Haul

Nigel Chapman | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Nigel Chapman

Driving out of Tacloban Airport is easier than in the early days of Typhoon Haiyan's aftermath, but the scenes on either side of the road still assault the senses. The occasional lorry loads up corpses still being discovered in shattered houses. Everywhere, there is debris...

Typhoon Haiyan: The Hardest Ride of My Life

Michael Angelo Suarez | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Michael Angelo Suarez

On the way to Salcedo we passed through several towns - all affected to varying degrees by the power of the typhoon. The worst was Hernani - most houses had been washed out to sea or destroyed. The ashphalt had risen up together like mountain ranges combining - the force required to do that is incredible.

Learning Lessons in the Philippines

Mark Goldring | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Mark Goldring

In this year of multiple megadisasters, will the world scale up its humanitarian aid to respond to the Philippines, Syria, Congo and the countless other different crises? Or will it in 2013 fail the test it passed three years ago?

Typhoon Haiyan Creates a Scene of Desolation for People and Animals

Mike Baker | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Mike Baker

The Philippines is no stranger to deadly storms, but the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan stands apart. Described as the world's most powerful storm on record, it has already cost the lives of thousands of people and undoubtedly countless animals on which they rely.

What Typhoon Haiyan Tells Us About the Best Defence Against Disasters

Adrian Lovett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Adrian Lovett

Eight hundred thousand. That's the most remarkable number to emerge in reports from the typhoon-hit Philippines in the last few days. In a story of lives lost, homes destroyed and people uprooted, 800,000 people were reportedly moved by the authorities to safe shelters as the storm approached.

Super Typhoon Haiyan: World Must Act on Climate Change

Lidy Nacpil | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Lidy Nacpil

I have many friends and colleagues in the worst hit area. These friends and colleagues lost children. They lost parents and grandparents. They had their families shattered. They had to drag bodies out with their bare hands. They are still without proper food, water or shelter.

Philippines: "We Can Stop This Madness"

Richard Reoch | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Richard Reoch

In an undiplomatic, tearful outburst at the current UN Climate Change conference, The Philippines representative told delegates their meetings have been called "an annual gathering of carbon-intensive useless frequent flyers." Judging by the successive failure of these international gatherings to reverse humanity's disastrous trajectory, many observers would agree with that frank assessment.

RAF Plane With 'Aid From The British People' Heads To Philippines

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK

Emblazoned with the words “UK aid from the British people”, two JCB diggers, two Land Rovers and a forklift truck are being flown to the typhoon-h...

If We Told the Truth About Aid, You Might Get Bored

Matthew Frost | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Matthew Frost

The aid debate shouldn't be restricted to an argument about ring-fencing. It must also be about how we help people find their own ways out of poverty, identifying the most effective ways to help people become resilient to increasingly extreme weather conditions and to find financial independence and celebrating them. Even when they're in the form of committee meetings.

Super Typhoon Haiyan: UK Support Now Under Way

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Britain has committed almost £6 million of emergency help and sent additional experts to the Philippines to help with the aftermath of one of the mos...