About: natural disaster

Health 10-01-2021

Spain paralysed by snowstorm, sends out vaccine, food convoys

The Spanish government will send convoys carrying the COVID-19 vaccine and food supplies on Sunday (10 January) to areas cut off by Storm Filomena which brought the heaviest snowfall in decades across central Spain and killed four people.

Norwegian rescuers hunt for 10 missing after landslide

Norwegian rescuers deployed drones and dogs to negotiate unstable clay soil in a search for 10 people still missing on Thursday (31 December) after a landslide in southern Norway swept away more than a dozen buildings the previous day.
Elections 23-08-2017

Deadly quake on Ischia exposes inaction on Italy’s illegal homes

A small but deadly earthquake on the Italian holiday island of Ischia exposed a deep political fault line yesterday (22 August) over the country's proliferation of unsafe, illegal housing.
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Development Policy 08-06-2015

United Nations World Food Programme calls for donations for the Nepal emergency

Two devastating earthquakes in Nepal have left millions of survivors in dire need of food assistance. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, has already reached almost two million people but there is much more that must be done.

Spring floods could be Germany’s costliest natural disaster

The floods that engulfed central Europe last month are expected to cost insurers about €3 billion and could be Germany's costliest natural disaster on record, reinsurer Munich Re said.
Global Europe 10-12-2010

Report denounces humanitarian aid ‘politicisation’, lauds EU

Humanitarian aid coming from EU member states is becoming increasingly driven by politics, making multilateral donors such as the EU more apt at addressing recipients' needs, according to a report presented by a UN official on Tuesday (7 December).
Global Europe 17-08-2010

Commission heeds Sarkozy’s request for EU crisis response force

Kristalina Georgieva, the EU commissioner responsible for humanitarian aid and crisis response, will soon present a political proposal to reinforce the EU's capacity to respond to crises, the European Commission said yesterday (16 August). The announcement appears to represent a response to recent calls from French President Nicolas Sarkozy, inspired by the unprecedented floods in Pakistan.
Development Policy 24-02-2009

EU unveils strategic disaster prevention plan

The European Commission yesterday (23 February) adopted a package of proposals to improve knowledge of both natural and man-made disasters and forge common external and internal strategies for tackling risk with Community funding.
Climate change 29-08-2007

Greece’s fires may also damage government in coming elections

With 64 people dead, nearly 300,000 hectares burned and powerful wildfires still raging across Greece, voters may punish the current government for mismanaging the crisis in next month's elections.
Climate change 30-01-2006

EU to strengthen natural disaster response

The Commission proposes strengthening the EU's civil protection mechanism to assist European countries respond to floods, droughts, forest fires and terrorist attacks at home and abroad.
Climate change 05-09-2005

EU to send US emergency aid after storm kills thousands

The United States have formally called on the EU, NATO and other international donors to send emergency aid, six days after hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, leaving thousands dead.
Climate change 06-08-2003

EU offers help to fight fires in Portugal and France

The Commission's Response Centre has been activated to co-ordinate assistance to Portugal and France in combating forest fires that have destroyed over 80,000 hectares and claimed 16 lives in the past week.