Heavy rains struck Middle Tennessee, causing flash floods that killed people and swept away homes and vehicles.
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When presidents are seeking reelection, federal aid comes more often and more quickly.
Natural disasters are not uncommon in Haiti; neither is political instability.
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Devastating quake came weeks after the assassination of Haiti’s president. A scholar of disaster preparedness explains the concept of ‘cascading crises’ and how other countries can help stabilize Haiti.
Price gouging during disasters further shuts out those living in poverty.
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Some economists have defended price gouging, saying it helps increase supply and prevent against hoarding. An ethicist suggests this might be missing the point.
Residents of Cagayan de Oro survey what’s left of their homes the day after Typhoon Washi hit the Philippines in 2011.
Months after Typhoon Washi tore through the Philippines in 2011, relocated residents were moving into newly built housing. They soon began modifying and extending homes that didn’t meet their needs.
Eight states send far more to the federal government through taxes than they see in annual federal spending.
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What is a state’s balance of payments, and why do some pay so much more? An author of a report at the heart of debates over which states should get coronavirus relief funds breaks it down.
Eric Wang of Burmese Restaurant Thamee in Washington, D.C., was among the millions of small business owners hoping to get SBA aid.
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About one in four businesses say they’re two months away from permanent closure, yet many of the neediest businesses are struggling to get some of the aid intended for them.
U.S. Air Force troops erected a temporary hospital in Liberia in 2014 to help fight an Ebola outbreak.
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There is plenty the military could do to help protect public health, such as by helping with supply logistics and providing workers to do important tasks – including health care professionals.
Low-income earners, small-business owners and part-time workers are most likely to lose income following a disaster.
Heavily built-up areas can experience more disastrous damage in an earthquake.
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Engineers know how and where to build to minimize earthquake damage. But laws don’t always reflect that wisdom. A new study suggests it’s because of a mismatch between risk perceptions and reality.
Social media helped some people cope with the Townsville floods earlier this year.
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Disaster information needs to come from all sections of a community at risk, and we need to leave nobody marginalised.
Women and girls are at high risk of sexual exploitation in disaster situations.
Women in disaster zones are frequently targeted by sexual predators who take advantage of their vulnerability.
Thousands of lives have been saved thanks to an Indian state’s effective disaster-relief planning.
U.S. President Donald Trump is seen visiting the California town of Paradise that was devastated by forest fires. Trump has threatened to use funds allocated for disaster relief to pay for his border wall.
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Donald Trump has threatened to use funds allocated for disaster relief to fund his border wall. It’s time to rethink how we frame disasters to stop politicians from using them for political gain.
Loading new furniture donated to Hurricane Irma survivors in Chokoloskee, Fla.
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The billions of dollars worth of aid dispatched every year to alleviate the suffering and damage after earthquakes and hurricanes would do more good if it didn’t get clumped up.
Buildings damaged by Hurricane Maria are seen in Lares, Puerto Rico, October 2017.
Thousands died after Hurricane Maria, but it did not have to be that way. Early evidence should have led the government to a much stronger response.
Roberto Clemente State Park employees in New York, with donated bottled water bottles bound for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
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If you would like to assist from afar, let the professionals procure goods and services.
Syrian airstrike survivors.
Warning Syrians of approaching airstrikes via social media is helping save lives.
Ivan Rodriguez and Juan Ortiz are still searching for relatives who disappeared in San Miguel Los Lotes during Guatemala’s June 3 Fuego volcano eruption. The government’s rescue mission has now ended.
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Guatemala has ended its Fuego volcano rescue mission and declared 110 dead. But people in the hot, ash-covered eruption zone say that the real death tally is much higher and that they’ll keep digging.
Hurricane Irma demolished Sint Maarten in the Dutch Antilles, in September 2017. The island has yet to recover.
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Corruption has made hurricane Caribbean countries’ recovery less efficient and more expensive, new research shows. Misuse of funds may also trigger more disaster-related deaths.
Hurricane Irma passes Cuba and approaches southern Florida on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, with Hurricane Jose at lower right.
The 2018 hurricane season starts on June 1, with some communities still recovering from 2017 storms. Scholars offer insights about where the risks lie and who is most vulnerable during and after hurricanes.