The storm ripped roofs off a number of buildings in Maclean, including the Clarence Hotel. Photo: James Ryan

Wild weather hits NSW north coast with more storms forecast

Wild weather causes extensive damage to northern NSW, flooding in Queensland The roof of a small town pub has been ripped off by severe winds in NSW while motorists have been stranded... Read more »
Hurricane Irma's trail of destruction

Hurricane Irma weakens after leaving trail of destruction

Hurricane Irma weakens; officials urge patience for evacuees eager to return home Hurricane Irma finally weakened to just a big storm Monday night after it killed dozens of people, left residents and... Read more »
NSW RFS Cadet of the Year Javen Ricevuto (Balranald Central School) and NSW RFS Young Volunteer of the Year Alexander Slade (12-15 years) from Williamtown/Salt Ash Brigade and Elizabeth Butt (16-25 years) from Bendick Murrell Brigade.

NSW recognises contribution of young volunteers in emergency services

NSW appreciates engagement and commitment of young people in emergency service volunteering NSW has announced awards to recognise the achievements of young cadets and volunteers in the NSW Emergency Services. Minister for Emergency Services... Read more »
Firefighters battle the Northcliffe blaze. Photo: Department of Fire and Emergency Services

Disaster assistance for NSW communities affected by bushfires

Disaster assistance has been made available for communities across the NSW state that have been affected by the recent bushfires. Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said a range of disaster assistance... Read more »
Rescuers unload fragments and remains from a boat, found at the site of the Tu-154 plane crash near Sochi, Russia, Dec. 25 2016. Photo: ZUMA PRESS

Russian military plane with 92 aboard crashes into Black Sea

Syrian-bound Russian defense ministry plane carrying 92 people including its renowned military band crashes into the Black Sea moments after taking off from Sochi A Russian military plane with 92 people on... Read more »
Magnitude 7.9 earthquake strikes off the coast of Papua New Guinea

Magnitude 7.9 earthquake strikes off the coast of Papua New Guinea

Tsunami alerts cancelled following 7.9 earthquake off Papua New Guinea Tsunami warnings issued after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on Saturday night have been canceled, the Pacific Tsunami... Read more »
People watch the rising floodwater at Lake Forbes, Forbes, NSW. Photo: ABC News/Luke Wong

$27 million funding to improve disaster resilience in New South Wales

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and New South Wales Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant thas announced $27 million in funding to further strengthen the resilience of New South Wales communities... Read more »
People sift through the ruins and salvage what they can after the passage of Hurricane Matthew that struck on 4 October. Photo: UNICEF

Hurricane Matthew one month on: More than 600,000 children in Haiti still in need of aid

One month after Hurricane Matthew, needs in Haiti remain ‘vast,’ UN reports PORT-AU-PRINCE, (Haiti) – One month after Hurricane Matthew pummeled Haiti, nearly 600,000 children remain in need of humanitarian assistance, stalked... Read more »
Katie Drady's Forbes property is one of many that has been submerged by flood. (Supplied: Katie Drady)

Flood affected NSW Communities receive disaster assistance

The disaster assistance for flood affected communities across New South Wales has been announced  byMinister for Justice Michael Keenan and NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant. Visiting... Read more »
Tanzania earthquake

Tanzania earthquake kills 13, injures more than 200

Earthquake strikes western shore of Lake Victoria, with tremors felt as far away as western Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. An earthquake of magnitude 5.7 struck northwest Tanzania on Saturday, 44 km from... Read more »
An elderly man in a tracksuit walks on the rubble of a collapsed buildings in Amatrice

Deadly earthquake rocks Italy, at least 120 dead, hundreds missing

The center of Amatrice was devastated, with entire palazzos razed to the ground. Aerial images from the fire department showed whole streets flattened. At least 120 people have died after a powerful... Read more »
Indonesian floods, landslides leave 47 dead, dozens missing. Photo: Antara Foto/Maulana Surya/via REUTERS

Indonesian floods, landslides leave 47 dead, dozens missing

Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency said most of those killed or missing are from the Puworejo district, on Java’s south coast. JAKARTA, (Indonesia) — At least 47 people have been killed by landslides and... Read more »
Dr Maria Strydom and her husband

Strydom’s husband vows to bring her body back home, friends set up fundraiser to help

Maria Strydom’s husband Robert Gropel vows not to leave Nepal without her body The husband of Maria Strydom, Melbourne woman who died on Mount Everest, has vowed to bring home the body... Read more »
The massive earthquake hit just off the coast of Ecuador. (Supplied: USGS)

Ecuador’s 7.8 earthquake kill 350, injures more than 2,500

Dozens dead as powerful magnitude 7.8 tremor hits major city Rescue crews searched desperately through rubble for survivors of a magnitude-7.8 earthquake that struck coastal Ecuador. Reuters reports that the death toll... Read more »
At least five dead in Fiji Cyclone Winston

Cyclone Winston kills at least five in Fiji

Authorities in Fiji are assessing the damage after the most powerful storm that swept through the tiny island nation on Saturday night, flattening homes and downing trees. Fijian authorities have confirmed that the... Read more »
Firefighters battle bushfire in Australia

Firefighters contain deadly Australian bushfire that killed 2, burnt 1,75,000 acres

Firefighters have contained an out-of-control bushfire in WA’s South West as police work to identify human remains which were found inside homes at fire-ravaged Yarloop. An emergency warning remains in place in... Read more »
This handout photo from firefighters shows the Waroona fire burning near Yarloop

Raging bushfires destroy entire Australian town, threaten others

A bushfire emergency warning issued for the southern Perth suburb of Forrestdale in the City of Armadale has been downgraded, with one property believed damaged in the blaze. About 95 houses in... Read more »
People work on the outer wall of a house that collapsed in an earthquake in Imphal. Photograph: Yurreipem Arthur/AP

Six killed, over 100 injured as 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit northeast India

At least six people were killed and over 100 injured as a strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit India’s Manipur region today, causing damage to buildings and triggering panic. The U.S. Geological Survey said... Read more »
The British prime minister visited York last week to meet flood relief workers

British PM announces £40m package to bolster flood defences

UK flooding: Government faces calls to overhaul flood defences in showdown talks with key groups Flood defences “overwhelmed” by recent record rainfall will be fixed and bolstered in a £40m package of... Read more »
Dozens of people are missing after a landslide engulfed 22 buildings in Chinese city of Shenzhen.

China landslide leaves at least 85 missing after buildings collapse in Shenzhen

Dozens of people are missing after a landslide engulfed 22 buildings at an industrial park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. HONG KONG — As rescuers searched Monday for survivors of... Read more »
Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake hits Tajikistan, shakes Pakistan, India, Afghanistan

Strong 7.2 Earthquake hits Tajikistan, triggers tremors in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan

A major earthquake shook Tajikistan on Monday. The 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck at 12:50 p.m. local time on Monday in the most sparsely populated area of Tajikistan in the Hindu Kush Mountains, the... Read more »
Disaster assistance will be delivered to the Narrabri area to help the community recover from damaging bushfires in March 2015

Australian government to provide Disaster assistance to Narrabri community

Disaster assistance will be delivered to the Narrabri area to help the community recover from damaging bushfires in March 2015 The Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (HDRRA) assistance is jointly funded... Read more »
Large swells batter the coastline at Clovelly beach. Photo: Brett Costello

Weather disasters become more frequent, claiming 600,000 lives in 20 years

United States, China, India, Philippines, and Indonesia worst hit by natural disasters Weather-related disasters have become more frequent over the last 20 years, claiming more than 600,000 lives, a new UN report... Read more »
A powerful earthquake of 7.5 magnitude has shaken Himalayan region on 26 October 2015. The epicenter of the quake was reported to be in northeastern Afghanistan.

Powerful earthquake of 7.5 magnitude shakes Pakistan, Afghanistan and India

More than 200 dead, 1000 injured in Pakistan as powerful quake strikes Hindukush region Pakistan Meteorological Department say the magnitude of the earthquake was 8.1 ISLAMABAD (Pakistan) – A powerful earthquake measuring 7.5... Read more »