Landslide and Mudflow in Tajikistan
<p>Torrential rain on 12-13 April 2014 caused a series of landslides and floods that damaged or destroyed residential buildings in several villages in the Khatlon province of Tajikistan.</p> <p>Estimates indicated that at least 14 people were killed, but due to the debris it was difficult to account for everyone and some people are still missing. The landslide occurred at night, leaving residents with little or no warning of the disaster.</p> <p>The districts of Shouroobod, Vose and Kulob were affected by the disaster. And the villages of Panjosiyob, Garabdara, Loyluqa suffered flooding.</p>
2014-04-15 11:00:00.0

Fire in Valparaiso, Chile
<p>Forest fires in the city of Valparaiso, Chile, have killed 12 people and forced 10,000 to evacuate in what Valparaiso's Mayor described as the worst fire the city has ever experienced.</p> <p>The fire began on Saturday, and has destroyed an estimated 500 homes in the city. Affected residents are also said to be suffering from smoke inhalation and some small explosions have been reported as the fire spread, causing further injuries.</p> <p>Valparaiso is a port city on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, and part of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site. But it is believed that the fire will not spread to this area of the city at this time. The worst affected parts of the city are reportedly the La Cruz and Las Canas areas.</p> <p>Over a thousand firefighters are working to put out the fires but there are concerns that coastal winds will push the fire deeper into the city. Strong winds and continuing high temperatures have been forecast, making the work difficult for the firefighters.</p>
2014-04-14 09:00:00.0

Cyclone Ita in Australia
<p>Cyclone Ita made landfall on the north coast of Australia on the evening of 11 April 2014. The storm brought powerful winds and heavy rain.</p> <p>Ita was classified as a Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone, which is on the higher end of the Saffir-Simpson scale, while it was approaching Australia. But the Australian Bureau of Meteorology downgraded the classification to Category 4 when it made landfall, and the storm further weakened as it moved inland. The storm made landfall at Cape Flattery, in the state of Queensland.</p> <p>The <a href="/web/charter/activation_details?p_r_p_1415474252_assetId=ACT-485">Solomon Islands</a> faced Cyclone Ita late last week, and the then-Category 1 storm caused flooding and killed an estimated 21 people. There were concerns that the storm would cause a great deal of damage in Australia, but no casualties were reported. Thousands of people took shelter or evacuated their homes to avoid the storm, however, and property damage from the cyclone's strong winds occurred.</p>
2014-04-11 11:00:00.0

Flood in the Solomon Islands
<p>Days of heavy rainfall have caused flash flooding in the Solomon Islands, inundating the capital city of Honiara and displacing thousands of people. An estimated 19 people have been killed and almost 30 are still missing.</p> <p>The flooding began on 03 April 2014 when the rainfall caused rivers across the main island of Guadalcanal to burst their banks. The floodwaters from the River Matanikau left many areas of Honiara underwater and reportedly destroyed thousands of homes along the rivers. The flooding has also damaged or destroyed bridges along the rivers and cut off or damaged roads.</p> <p>The river levels rose much faster than anticipated, giving people little time to evacuate. The storm that caused the rain later developed into a Category 1 Tropical Cyclone, Ita, which moved away from the Solomon Islands over the weekend.</p> <p>A state of emergency has been declared, and it is estimated that as many as 12,000 people could be affected in Honiara. While the storm weakened and water levels began to subside on 05 February, the long process of recovery and rebuilding is underway.</p>
2014-04-05 11:00:00.0

Tsunami in Chile
<p>An 8.2 magnitude earthquake occurred off the northern coast of Chile at 23:46 UTC (20:46 local time) on 01 April 2014. Chilean authorities issued a tsunami alert and thousands of people have been evacuated from coastal areas.</p> <p>Following the earthquake waves up to 2.1 m struck areas along the coast, including the cities of Pisagua, Patache and Iquique. The government of Chile recommended that anyone on the coast should evacuate and tens of thousands of people have done so, retreating to higher grounds. Many people have spent the night in hills nearby.</p> <p>Despite the evacuations, however, five people have been reported killed so far, due to the impact and destruction caused by the waves. Landslides have also occurred and some roads have been blocked by debris in addition to power lines being cut. It has also been reported that 300 prisoners escaped from a prison in Iquique.</p> <p>Magnitude 8 earthquakes on the Richter scale are at the higher end of the scale, and often cause major damage to affected areas. Chile is located in the &quot;Ring of Fire&quot;, an area of the Pacific Ocean basin that is seismologically active. This causes Chile to be prone to earthquakes and another powerful earthquake struck off the coat of Chile in 2010, resulting in devastation.</p> <p>The tsunami warning was expected to last until 08:00 UTC on 02 April, and assessments of the damage and recovery will commence once the threat has passed.</p>
2014-04-02 06:00:00.0

Flood in north region of Brazil
<p>Heavy rain in the northern regions of Brazil have resulted in flooding along the Madeira River since February 2014. Thousands of people have been evacuated, and the flooding is gradually growing worse as the water levels rise.</p> <p>The Madeira River is a tributary of the Amazon River and the flooding is located in Rondonia, a state in northern Brazil on the border with Bolivia (<a href="/web/charter/activation_details?p_r_p_1415474252_assetId=ACT-480">which is also suffering from flooding</a>). Water levels have risen to record levels as of 19 March, reaching 19 metres above the normal level, and it is forecast that it will continue to rise until the end of the month.</p> <p>A state of emergency was declared in February and 22,000 homes have been evacuated in the area. Many villages along the river were flooded and roads inundated by the flood waters. It is estimated that the affected areas stretch from Porto Velho to Mutum-Parana. No casualties have been reported and this has been attributed to the quick evacuation of the area.</p>
2014-03-21 11:00:00.0