Close to 25,000 under 18s suffering psychological damage in chaos and violence following catastrophic tremors, says World Health Organization As many as 25,000 children in Papua New Guinea are in desperate need of psychological support following a series of devastating earthquakes, warned the World Health Organization. The PNG government estimates 270,000 people are in need of urgent assistance, including 125,000 children. Of these, 15% to 20% need psychological help, the WHO said. The on 26 February was followed by almost 200 aftershock tremors in the last 40 days. Some of these have reached a magnitude of 6.5.
Authorities issue warning for Inman Valley as weather bureau says sustained mid-30s heat ‘has never ever happened before in April’ Record-breaking temperatures and fierce winds have left fire services struggling to contain a bushfire south of Adelaide, and residents are being urged to flee their homes or enact their bushfire survival plans.
The Country Fire Service (CFS) has issued a watch and act warning for Inman Valley – near Stockwell and Kemmiss Hill road – saying lives could be threatened as the out-of-control fire moves north.
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The Wahine Storm hit New Zealand in April 1968 causing considerable damage and flooding, and the loss of the inter-island ferry Wahine New Zealand experienced its worst-ever storm in April 1968 when Cyclone Giselle met a cold front from Antarctica over the islands and the two merged. The resulting tempest became known as the . On land, winds gusted at up to 150mph. Thousands of trees were uprooted and buildings damaged. 98 roofs were torn off houses in one Wellington suburb alone, and there was significant flooding.
The crop failures, famine and plague that earned sixth-century Europe its bitter reputation were caused by a series of volcanic eruptions Historians used to refer to the period from after the Romans left to about the Norman Conquest as the dark ages, mainly because there were few written records and the assumption was that civilization had disappeared, along with Roman central heating. But it seems that the description might be accurate. A blocked out the sunlight. This would have caused crop failures, famine and disease. shows a dramatic reduction in available sunlight in AD536 and again between AD541 and 544. This affected the whole of the northern hemisphere and led to severe vitamin D deficiency, making already hungry people susceptible to disease. These unusually poor years coincide with a . The findings are confirmed by tree ring data which show that, following the eruptions, trees hardly grew at all in Europe because there was not enough light for photosynthesis. So none of the food crops would have thrived enough to produce grain. The chances are that, at least in the 6th Century, people in Britain must have been too pre-occupied with staying alive to worry about anything else, a seriously dark age. •Paul Brown will be one of the panel of Weatherwatch contributors taking part in at the British Library on Wednesday 2 May, at 7pm
Authorities report two 6.5-magnitude quakes at opposite ends of country that were in fact drills Chinese authorities have admitted accidentally reporting two major earthquakes that had never happened but were instead drills unintentionally released to the public. Late on Thursday, China’s earthquake administration said on its website there had been two 6.5-magnitude quakes just 10 seconds apart at opposite ends of the country – in the far-western region of Xinjiang and the south-western province of Yunnan.
Relief efforts hampered by instability in parts of Hela province, an area struggling since February’s 7.5 magnitude quake The UN has suspended relief efforts in areas of Papua New Guinea worst hit by February’s earthquake after violence and instability made it unsafe for its workers. More than 150 people died when a region on 26 February, and 270,000 people are still in need of emergency aid – 125,000 of them children – according to the UN.
A full picture of the damage caused is only beginning to emerge now