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Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan Kills Thousands, Closes Airports

Date: November 15th, 2013 | No Comments

Typhoon Haiyan devastated six central islands Nov. 8, leaving as many as 10,000 people dead. In addition to Leyte, where the coastal town of Tacloban was reported to be 80-90 percent destroyed, the areas hit the hardest were the central provinces of Samar, Bohol, Cebu, Panay and Mindoro. Non-essential travel to the regions affected by [read more]

India: Cyclone Phailin Destroys Resorts in Puri

Date: October 25th, 2013 | No Comments

Reconstruction has begun in and near Puri, in India’s eastern state of Odisha (Orissa), after Cyclone Phailin charged through the Bay of Bengal. The 140-miles-per-hour winds destroyed homes and businesses, killing more than 20 people and forcing another 900,000 to evacuate. Several hotels were destroyed in the storm and large-scale tourist cancellations were reported by [read more]

Caribbean and Atlantic: Tropical Storm Humberto Upgrades to Hurricane

Date: September 12th, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. National Weather Service said that as Tropical Storm Gabrielle gained momentum and moved toward Bermuda, a second storm, Humberto, was expected to upgrade to hurricane status. Gabrielle, which originated in the Central Atlantic near the Cape Verde Islands, was scheduled to reach Bermuda by Sept. 11. Humberto may reach the Caribbean by Sept. [read more]

China: Poor Air Quality Closes Schools, Airports

Date: November 8th, 2013 | No Comments

Thick smog continued to shut down schools and airports as air pollution reached dangerously high levels around the country. Air quality in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are being closely monitored and the city of Harbin shut down services in late October when particle levels exceeded 1,000 micrograms per cubic meter, 40 times the World Health [read more]

Mexico: Storm Clean-up Could Take Weeks

Date: October 3rd, 2013 | No Comments

Storms that hit Acapulco in late September killed up to 139 people, prompted 25,000 tourists to be airlifted and continue to cause problems for locals and tourists alike. Flights have resumed out of Acapulco’s international airport, but roads to the airport were closed because of power outages and flooding Sept. 26. With heavy rain in [read more]

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