Robots to restore electricity after disaster

Major power outages after a disaster may soon become things of the past as researchers have developed a tabletop model of a robot team that can bring power to places that need it the most.

Disasters in India have become more frequent, intense in last 15 years: Rijiju

India is a disaster prone country and for the last one-and-half decade, disasters have become more frequent and intense, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said on Friday.

Tropical storm flooding paralyses Philippine capital, 1 dead

Tens of thousands of people fled roof-high floods and one girl drowned in the Philippine capital on Friday as another vicious storm swept across the disaster-plagued country.

$5.5 bn fund earmarked for disaster mitigation: Kiren Rijiju

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has said that the Indian government has earmarked 10 percent of funds in all Centre-sponsored development programmes for disaster mitigation, which amounts to about USD 5.5 billion for the current fiscal.

Jammu and Kashmir floods: Over 150 killed

Relief and rescue operations in the flood-hit state of Jammu and Kashmir were stepped up on Monday with Indian Air Force (IAF) using choppers and planes to rescue those stranded in the most hit areas even as the death toll crossed 160.

J&K floods a national disaster: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the floods in Jammu and Kashmir as 'national level' disaster on Sunday announced a special assistance of Rs 1,000 crores for rehabilitaion and relief work.

11 missing in landslide in southwest China

Eleven coal miners went missing after a rain-triggered landslide hit a county in southwest China's Chongqing municipality on Monday.

NDMA should not be a parking place for the retired: BJP MP

NDMA should not be made a parking place for retired officials and should be turned into a competent outfit to tackle natural calamities as more than 17 major disasters hit the nation 2010 onwards, a BJP member said in Rajya Sabha.

Tropical Storm Hernan forms off Mexico`s Pacific coast

Fearing potentially deadly flooding, Mexican disaster officials are closely monitoring the weather after Tropical Storm Hernan formed off the country`s Pacific coast of Mexico.

Relatives weep and jeer at S. Korea ferry disaster trial

Relatives of the victims of South Korea`s ferry disaster wept amid angry scenes in court Tuesday as prosecutors played video footage of the sinking vessel during the murder trial of the captain and crew.

The video, taken from coastguard boats and helicopters, showed the last moments of the 6,825-tonne Sewol ferry as it listed and then capsized on April 16 with the loss of around 300 lives.

Rob Lowe opens up about recent vacation disaster in France

`Parks and Recreation` star Rob Lowe has revealed that he and his family were rescued from their vacation home in Grasse, France after floods hit the area following heavy rain earlier this week.

Daughter of South Korea ferry crewman kills herself

The daughter of a crew member of a South Korean ferry which sank killing hundreds of school children committed suicide on Thursday, police and prosecutors said, in a tragic twist to a disaster that prompted a nationwide outpouring of grief.

Fugitive`s wife arrested over South Korean ferry disaster

South Korean police on Saturday made apparent headway in the manhunt for a fugitive businessman wanted over April`s ferry disaster with the capture of his wife.

Rupert Grint`s online dating disaster

Actor Rupert Grint has revealed a thief used his credit card to sign up to several dating websites.

Quintana on brink of Giro success as Rogers wins stage

Nairo Quintana of Colombia is certain of Giro d`Italia victory barring any final stage disaster after preserving his handsome lead in Saturday`s penultimate 20th stage won by Australia`s Michael Rogers.

Rihanna wanted fairytale-like love life

Singer Rihanna is said to be extremely disappointed that her romance with rapper Drake ended in disaster, especially as she always desired a "fairytale" love life.

Toll rises to 12 dead in Colombia mine disaster

The death toll from a landslide at an illegal gold mine in western Colombia has risen to 12, authorities said Monday, as rescuers searched for four more missing victims.

South Korea leader vows to punish ferry disaster culprits

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye today met relatives of passengers still missing after the sinking of a ferry last month, vowing that any culprits would be "sternly punished" as the confirmed death toll rose to 244.

Captain says warnings over S Korean ferry ignored

A probe into South Korea`s ferry disaster has heard that warnings over the ship`s seaworthiness were ignored, prosecutors said today, as rescuers worked to recover more than 90 people still missing two weeks after it sank.

S Korean president `sorry` for ferry disaster

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye apologised today for her government`s failure to combat systemic and regulatory "evils" blamed for the loss of about 300 lives in a ferry disaster.