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Syrian refugee crisis – January 2014

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More than 2 million Syrians have fled the nation's brutal conflict to neighbouring countries such as Jordan and Lebanon, with more streaming across borders daily. The crisis is so immediate that the UN has mounted its biggest ever campaign to give assistance to the hundreds of thousands...

Typhoon Haiyan - Nov 2013

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Nearly 12 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the worst disasters to hit the Philippines in years. More than 900,000 people remain displaced, according to the UN. A national state of emergency has been declared, with Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan and Palawan...

Japan: Earthquake and Tsunami

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On Friday 11th March, a 9.0 earthquake occurred off the coast of Japan and caused a massive tsunami. The devastation that has occurred has caused Japan's Prime Minister to declare this the most severe crisis to hit Japan since World War II.

Pakistan floods - July 2010

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Heavy monsoon rains at the end of July triggered massive floods that rapidly moved southwards from Pakistan’s northwest, inundating hundreds of villages and claiming more than sixteen hundred lives. More than 14 million people have been affected, with countless others missing, whilst agriculture...

Legacy of Chernobyl: Radiation’s long fingered reach

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Two decades after the tragedy at Chernobyl, a tired eeriness still hovers over parts of the Ukraine, the shadow of the nuclear accident still blighting the lives of local people.