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?
People catch up with the news of the earthquake at a kiosk in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Nepal has thousands of journalists working in hundreds of media outlets and publications. But getting the story out about the deadly earthquake was no easy task.
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.
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?
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.
Is this image of destruction after Cyclone Pam a sign of things to come?
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Natural disasters are becoming more frequent, with more people with less money exposed to a greater number of hazards.
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.
Vital but routine public health measures are often compromised in the weeks following natural disasters.
Any public health assessment of Vanuatu should include the identification of immediate needs and associated risks, as well as put in plans for mitigating future natural disasters.
Australian has moved swiftly to fly relief aid and personnel to Vanuatu but has been less responsive to Pacific Islanders' pleas to act on climate change.
While Australia’s leaders express concern for the people of Vanuatu, the welfare of poor states is a commitment from which Australia is walking away.
Cyclone Pam has left a shell of Uwen Garae’s home in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
The devastation to Vanuatu left in the wake of Cyclone Pam shows small islands in the Pacific need a climate insurance scheme, similar to what has been achieved in the Caribbean.
Destruction caused by Cyclone Pam is visible on the outskirts of Port Vila.
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We now have more people, infrastructure and assets exposed where tropical cyclones make landfall.
During natural disasters, specific needs of people with disability are often unmet, leaving them vulnerable and unprotected.
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During natural disasters, the daily inequalities that people with disability face are amplified.
How will we cope with the losses posed by climate change?
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A growing number of researchers are looking to grief to understand how people will respond to climate change.
Surging tides from Cyclone Marcia hit Main Beach in Yeppoon, Queensland, with the storm packing wind gusts close to 300 kilometres an hour.
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Emergency services are using social media to help spread warnings as two tropical cyclones batter Australia. It can also help them with relief efforts once the worst of the severe weather has passed.
Popular friends on social media could give enough warning to make plans to reduce damage some natural disasters.
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Kinglake Road after Black Saturday Fires.
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