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Disasters cost world economy $71 billion in first half of 2016: Swiss Re

Disasters cost world economy $71 billion in first half of 2016: Swiss Re

From earthquakes in Japan to wildfires in Canada, disasters cost the world economy $71 billion (62 billion euros) in the first half of the year, reinsurer Swiss Re said on Thursday.

Southern France battles bush fires as 1,000 evacuated

France mobilised 1,500 firefighters on Wednesday to tackle wildfires in countryside north of Marseille that have gutted buildings and forced more than 1,000 people to flee their homes.

California's Soberanes Fire seen from space by NASA's Aqua satellite – See pic!

California's Soberanes Fire seen from space by NASA's Aqua satellite – See pic!

This natural-color satellite image was taken by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument that flies aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite, says NASA.

California wildfire spreads to over 11,000 acres

California wildfire spreads to over 11,000 acres

Wildfire fuelled by high heat has so far spread across at least 11,000 acres in California`s Santa Clarita Valley area, fire officials said.

Two killed, 100 homes destroyed by fast-moving California wildfire

A fast-moving central California wildfire that more than doubled in size on Friday has killed two people and destroyed 100 structures, authorities said.

Canada wildfire remains out of control!

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Airlift for thousands trapped by Canada wildfires

Airlift for thousands trapped by Canada wildfires

Canada on Thursday began airlifting to safety up to 25,000 people from the city of Fort McMurray forced from their homes by raging forest fires in Alberta`s oil sands region.

California wildfire ''selfie'' arsonist get 20 years, $60 million fine

Wayne Allen Huntsman admitted to three counts of arson to forest land with enhancements for causing injury to firefighters and destruction of property.

More than 1,400 homes destroyed in California fires

More than 1,400 homes have been destroyed in two of the biggest wildfires currently burning in California, officials said Sunday, making them among the worst ever in the state.

The death toll rose to six after a person was killed in a new fire south of Monterrey.

Wildfires threaten California`s treasured Sequoias

Wildfires sweeping across California are threatening the US state`s famed Sequoia trees, with firefighters scrambling to protect the national treasures.

At least 400 California homes consumed by fire, toll seen climbing

A Northern California wildfire ranked as the most destructive to hit the drought-stricken U.S. West this year has claimed one life and burned at least 400 homes to the ground, fire officials reported on Monday, saying they expected the property toll to climb.

Thousands flee California wildfire as homes go up in flames

A swiftly spreading wildfire destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands of residents to flee as it roared unchecked through the northern California village of Middletown and nearby communities, fire officials said on Sunday.

Spain wildfire forces more evacuations

Spain wildfire forces more evacuations

A wildfire that officials suspect was started deliberately forced the evacuation of a third town in western Spain on Saturday, officials said.

Spain wildfire forces evacuation of 1,400 people

A wildfire raging in western Spain on Friday forced the evacuation of 1,400 people from towns and campsites, officials said.

California brings in reinforcements to fight wildfires

Crews battling 23 tenacious wildfires in drought-stricken California rushed in reinforcements on Tuesday and girded for weather that could ignite more blazes.

Fires spread as thousands battle blazes across California

Fires spread as thousands battle blazes across California

More than 9,000 firefighters are battling to contain nearly two dozen wildfires in California that have forced thousands to flee their homes and burned large swathes of land.

California wildfires spread to 54,000 acres

California wildfires spread to 54,000 acres

 Massive wildfires in California state have spread across 54,000 acres west of capital Sacramento, the media reported on Monday.

Wildfire sweeps across California highway

A fast-moving wildfire torched at least 20 cars and five houses as it swept across the main highway between Southern California and Las Vegas, the media reported on Saturday.

Canada wildfires displace nearly 7,000

Nearly 7,000 people in Canada`s Alberta province have been evacuated from the path of wildfires which threaten to ravage homes and businesses, including oil refineries in the region, officials said Tuesday.

Chernobyl wildfire controlled: Ukraine

 Firefighters have brought under control a forest fire near Ukraine`s Chernobyl plant, scene of the world`s worst nuclear accident in 1986, the emergency services said on Wednesday.