116 houses were lost at Wye River in Victoria, but nobody was killed.
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The Christmas Day fires that struck the Victorian town of Wye River are an example of how to get emergency responses right.
Around 20% of Australians are not insured against disasters, and even a quarter of those who do may be under-covered.
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As the fire season returns, insurance claims against disasters will only increase. But new research suggests that under-insurance is a major problem facing many Australian households.
Assurances that loved ones are safe is something social media does well, but other technologies are also pioneering.
A view from above the burst Samarco dam in Brazil.
Six people are dead and more than 20 missing following the Samarco mine disaster in Brazil. But in the rush to blame we must consider the complexity of such failures.
Victor Ponta quits in the wake of a tragedy in Bucharest.
Victor Ponta survived accusations of fraud and tax evasion, but the deaths of dozens of clubbers proved the final straw for his people.
Since the last earthquake in the region in 2005, we have got much better at recovering from disaster.
Could media reports of natural disasters reduce people’s risk perception?
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Are you at risk from natural disasters? Research shows media reports could actually reduce people's perceptions of risk.
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Assam state suffers from severe flooding every few years but authorities still aren't prepared.
Children from a village in Papua New Guinea’s Western Highlands Province stand in one of countless sweet potato gardens destroyed by frost across the country, August 2015.
Papua New Guinea is now facing a drought and frosts that look set to be worse than 1997, when hundreds of people died. So how can memories of 1997 save lives over the next few months?
Atomic cloud over Hiroshima.
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Any nuclear weapon exchange or major nuclear plant meltdown will immediately lead to a global public health emergency. What can we learn from past events to help prepare?
People in Vanuatu were quick to make the most of the resources they had after Cyclone Pam hit their homes – including these boys, Manu and Leo, photographed a week after the cyclone at a school housing residents evacuated from Teouma.
This Sunday marks 100 days since Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, with ceremonies in villages across the nation to mourn the 11 people who died. Meanwhile, islands left brown in the aftermath are green again.
With many people in need of shelter and schools only now re-opening, Nepal is not yet ready to restart the lucrative tourism industry that will help its recovery.
While some operators have prematurely suggested it's safe for tourists to return, Nepal's recovery from the earthquake has barely begun. In the longer term, though, tourism will be vital to this process.
The road to recovery is a long one for Nepal, which goes beyond the immediate priority of disaster relief.
Politics in Nepal will hinder relief and recovery efforts following the earthquake and its aftershocks. But look at it the other way around. Could the disaster help to resolve political problems?
Bushfires such as this one in Western Australia can be hard to predict.
Bushfires can be deadly and destroy homes and properties. But knowing where they are likely to spread next can help emergency services.
A man walks past collapsed buildings in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Global coverage of the Nepal earthquake focused issues of preparedness and political instability but missed the systemic, historical inequities that made the disaster so devastating.
Earthquake survivor Krishna Kumari Khadka, 24, is rescued by the French, Israeli and Norwegian rescue teams from a collapsed building six days after the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30 2015.
People working in this field often view themselves with a "person-of-steel" mentality – placing themselves in peril by ignoring their own needs.
Nepalese soldiers unload food supplies at an army base in Chautara, Nepal, April 29 2015.
Research suggests that many international health-oriented responses are poorly targeted. So what kind of health response would best target the needs of the Nepalese?
Remote areas will be the worst affected and hardest to get to.
Clean water, sanitation, disease control, infrastructure and investment are all needed to get Nepal back on its feet.
Rescue workers looking for possible survivors in Kathmandu, Nepal, in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake.
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The recovery effort is now underway after a powerful earthquake hit Nepal. The challenge will be to rebuild a stronger nation.
Vanuatu has a well-co-ordinated disaster response system but limited material resources. Medical support is needed when a disaster like Cyclone Pam strikes.
The people of Vanuatu have always had to cope with extreme weather events, but natural disasters on the scale of Cyclone Pam test their strengths and leave areas of vulnerability exposed.