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Trump 'tried to cut off' disaster relief money for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Trump 'tried to cut off' disaster relief money for Puerto Rico after Hurricane MariaPresident Trump attempted to cut off federal disaster aid to Puerto Rico, it has been reported, which may have prompted deputy Housing and Urban Development secretary Pam Patenaude to resign. In October, the president inaccurately tweeted that the Puerto Rican government was planning on using the disaster relief money for Hurricane Maria to pay off old debts. Although untrue, Mr Trump then reportedly attempted to prevent disaster-relief money from going to Puerto Rico, and instead requested the funds be directed to Texas and Florida, according to a Washington Post article detailing Ms Patenaude’s exit from the White House.



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Indonesia's latest tsunami raises global questions over disaster preparedness

Indonesia's latest tsunami raises global questions over disaster preparednessThe Dec. 23 tsunami killed around 430 people along the coastlines of the Sunda Strait, capping a year of earthquakes and tsunamis in the vast archipelago, which straddles the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire. “Indonesia has demonstrated to the rest of the world the huge variety of sources that have the potential to cause tsunamis. More research is needed to understand those less-expected events,” said Stephen Hicks, a seismologist at the University of Southampton.



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Death toll from Indonesia tsunami rises to 281: disaster agency

Death toll from Indonesia tsunami rises to 281: disaster agencyThe death toll from a volcano-triggered tsunami in Indonesia has risen to 281, with more than 1,000 people injured, the national disaster agency said Monday, as the desperate search for survivors ramped up. “The number of victims and damage will continue to rise,” said agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. According to Indonesia’s geological agency, Anak Krakatoa had been showing signs of heightened activity for days, spewing plumes of ash thousands of metres into the air.



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A Tsunami Has Killed Hundreds in Indonesia. Here's What to Know About the Latest Deadly Natural Disaster to Hit the Country

A Tsunami Has Killed Hundreds in Indonesia. Here's What to Know About the Latest Deadly Natural Disaster to Hit the Country"We just don't know how unstable the volcano is," says one expert



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Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration For California As Deadly Wildfires Rage On

Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration For California As Deadly Wildfires Rage OnPresident Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration for



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California wildfires: Satellite images reveal devastating scale of disaster across US state

California wildfires: Satellite images reveal devastating scale of disaster across US stateThe sheer scale of destruction caused by wildfires in California has been revealed in satellite images released by Nasa. More than 200 people were still missing on Monday in California’s deadliest and most destructive blaze on record, which is one of two fires raging in the state. A photo of the blaze, named Camp Fire by officials, was captured by the space agency’s Landsat 8 on Thursday 8 November, showing a huge plume of smoke rising from the fire hours after it first broke out.



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More than 50 dead in India train disaster

More than 50 dead in India train disasterA speeding train ran over revellers watching fireworks during a Hindu festival in northern India Friday, killing more than 50 people, with eyewitnesses saying they were given no warning before disaster struck. The crowd had gathered on railway tracks in the city of Amritsar in Punjab state to watch a fireworks show marking the Dussehra festival when the train barrelled down the line at high speed. The priority now is to take the injured to the hospital,” Amritsar city police commissioner S. S. Srivastava told reporters.



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At least 50 dead in India train disaster: police

At least 50 dead in India train disaster: policeAt least 50 people were killed Friday after a train plowed into revellers gathered to watch a Hindu festival in India’s northern Amritsar city, police said. The train hit a crowd standing on the railway line to watch a fireworks show during Dussehra celebrations, police and eyewitnesses said. The priority now is to take the injured to the hospital,” Amritsar city police commissioner S. S. Srivastava told reporters.



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Fears grow that more than 1,000 still missing in Indonesia disaster

Fears grow that more than 1,000 still missing in Indonesia disasterMore than a thousand people could still be missing after Indonesia’s devastating quake-tsunami, officials said Friday, drastically upping the number of people unaccounted for a week after the disaster. Palu city on Sulawesi island has been left in ruins after it was hit by a powerful quake and a wall of water which razed whole neighbourhoods to the ground, with the official death toll now 1,571. “Maybe more than 1,000 people are still missing,” Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, told AFP.



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UN seeks $50.5 million for 'immediate' Indonesia disaster aid

UN seeks $  50.5 million for 'immediate' Indonesia disaster aidNations unies (Etats-Unis) (AFP) – The United Nations said Friday it is seeking $ 50.5 million “for immediate relief” to help victims of the devastating quake and tsunami in Indonesia. Hardest-hit was Palu city on Sulawesi island, which was left in ruins after it was struck by a powerful quake and a wall of water that reduced whole neighborhoods to piles of wood and twisted metal. According to UN estimates, 65,000 homes have suffered some form of damage, a figure that includes 10,000 homes “completely destroyed by the tsunami” and 15,000 homes severely damaged by the earthquake.



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