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Undersea volcanic eruption in Tonga causes massive oil spill 11,000 km away in Peru
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Undersea volcanic eruption in Tonga causes massive oil spill 11,000 km away in Peru

At least three kilometres of Peru’s beaches have been dirtied by the oil spill when a ship loading oil into the La Pampilla refinery on the Pacific coast was rocked owing to the strong waves

Earth's 'vital signs' are deteriorating due to business-as-usual approach: Study
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Earth's 'vital signs' are deteriorating due to business-as-usual approach: Study

There has been an "unprecedented surge" in climate-related disasters, including flooding, heatwaves, wildfires and cyclones all over the world.

A decade after Japan's 2011 earthquake, many still hope for 'recovery' from trauma
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A decade after Japan's 2011 earthquake, many still hope for 'recovery' from trauma

More than 30 trillion yen (US$ 280 billion) has been spent on reconstruction so far in Japan. But while the government has charged ahead with new buildings, it has invested less in helping people to rebuild their lives, for instance, by offering mental health services for trauma.

World's top 10 environment disasters caused $150 billion worth of damages : report
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World's top 10 environment disasters caused $150 billion worth of damages : report

Earth's average surface temperature has gone up at least 1.1 degrees C on average compared to late 19th-century, with much of that warming occurring in the last half-century.

Major 7.3-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia’s Maluku islands causes panic; no tsunami warning issued
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Major 7.3-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia’s Maluku islands causes panic; no tsunami warning issued

A major 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit the remote Maluku islands in eastern Indonesia Sunday, sending panicked residents running into the streets, but no tsunami warning was issued

Building collapse in Cambodia leaves 18 dead, 24 injured; rescuers struggle to reach workers trapped in debris of Chinese project
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Building collapse in Cambodia leaves 18 dead, 24 injured; rescuers struggle to reach workers trapped in debris of Chinese project

Eighteen people were killed when an under-construction building in Cambodia collapsed early on Saturday

Cyclone Fani: In the aftermath, an attempt to rebuild life, return to normalcy in Puri
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Cyclone Fani: In the aftermath, an attempt to rebuild life, return to normalcy in Puri

Puri district was found to be the most affected by Cyclone Fani. The days that followed the storm were a story of desperation and community, of serpentine lines outside government offices and the endless wait for relief supplies

Indonesia's 'volcanic tsunami': Toll rises to 222, 843 people injured, 28 still missing, says disaster agency spokesman
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Indonesia's 'volcanic tsunami': Toll rises to 222, 843 people injured, 28 still missing, says disaster agency spokesman

A tsunami following a volcanic eruption slammed without warning into popular beaches around Indonesia's Sunda Strait on Saturday night.

Indonesia 'volcanic tsunami': Officials advice caution as 3-metre tidal wave sweeps houses away in Palu and Donggala
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Indonesia 'volcanic tsunami': Officials advice caution as 3-metre tidal wave sweeps houses away in Palu and Donggala

A powerful earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday, triggering a 3-metre-tall tsunami that an official said swept away houses in at least two cities.

Toll in Indonesia tsunami rises to 62; undersea landslide after volcanic eruption, full moon triggered wave
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Toll in Indonesia tsunami rises to 62; undersea landslide after volcanic eruption, full moon triggered wave

Some 600 people have been reported injured when the tsunami in Indonesia hit 9.27 pm Saturday, the Disaster Management Agency said. At least 20 others are unaccounted for.

Indonesia tsunami: 43 killed, nearly 600 injured; wave triggered by volcanic eruption hit coasts without warning
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Indonesia tsunami: 43 killed, nearly 600 injured; wave triggered by volcanic eruption hit coasts without warning

Authorities say the tsunami in Indonesia may have been triggered by an abnormal tidal surge due to a new moon and an underwater landslide following the eruption of Anak Krakatoa, which forms a small island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra.

Indonesia earthquake-tsunami: Antonio Guterres visits disaster-ravaged Palu, says UN will support rescue and relief efforts
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Indonesia earthquake-tsunami: Antonio Guterres visits disaster-ravaged Palu, says UN will support rescue and relief efforts

Antonio Guterres on Friday visited the disaster-ravaged Indonesian city of Palu, where an earthquake and tsunami killed 2,000 people and left thousands more missing.

Donation to Kerala floods: Mobile wallet firms have their heart at the right place but taxpayers inconvenienced
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Donation to Kerala floods: Mobile wallet firms have their heart at the right place but taxpayers inconvenienced

A few other mobile wallet companies have swung into action to mobilise funds for the beleaguered people of Kerala devastated by heavy rains, but how convenient is it for making donations

Mullaperiyar dam: SC asks Centre, TN, Kerala to set up panels to deal with any 'unpredictable' disaster occurring on-site
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Mullaperiyar dam: SC asks Centre, TN, Kerala to set up panels to deal with any 'unpredictable' disaster occurring on-site

SC directed the governments to set up committees to deal with any "unpredictable" disaster that may occur at the site of the Mullaperiyar dam.

Cyclone Ockhi: Navy sends four tonnes of disaster relief material to people affected by storm in Lakshadweep
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Cyclone Ockhi: Navy sends four tonnes of disaster relief material to people affected by storm in Lakshadweep

The Indian Navy has provided humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to people affected by cyclone Ockhi in Lakshadweep.

Hyderabad conducts exercise with armed forces, NDRF to facilitate better rescue ops during floods
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Hyderabad conducts exercise with armed forces, NDRF to facilitate better rescue ops during floods

A multi-agency exercise, involving the armed forces, the National Disaster Response Force, (NDRF) and others, was conducted on Saturday as part of efforts to synergise relief operations in an urban flooding scenario

Texas residents brace for Hurricane Harvey, the first major storm to hit US mainland in a decade
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Texas residents brace for Hurricane Harvey, the first major storm to hit US mainland in a decade

Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast on late Friday, unleashing torrents of rain and packing powerful winds, the first major storm to hit the US mainland in 12 years.

Rajnath Singh to attend SCO meeting on disaster prevention, could meet Chinese counterpart
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Rajnath Singh to attend SCO meeting on disaster prevention, could meet Chinese counterpart

Union home minister Rajnath Singh will attend a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on disaster prevention and relief in Kyrgyz Republic.

Assam floods: Seven-member central team assessing situation says damage 'very profound, large-scale'
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Assam floods: Seven-member central team assessing situation says damage 'very profound, large-scale'

An inter-ministerial central team assessing the damages caused by floods in Assam Friday termed the destruction as "very profound and large-scale"