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Caritas Australia Responds to "Catastrophic" Typhoon Damage
Last edited 11th November 2013

The rising death toll and widespread devastation in the Philippines from the deadliest and most powerful typhoon to make landfall in recorded history is as catastrophic as 2004's tsunami, says Caritas Australia's Humanitarian Emergencies Co-ordinator, Richard Forsythe.

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Typhoon Haiyan: Death toll 'may reach 10,000'
Last edited 10th November 2013

Up to 10,000 people are feared dead from Super Typhoon Haiyan as survivors tell of huge tsunami-type storm surges whipped up by near record winds that swept away entire Philippine villages.

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The Philippines Prepares for the "Worst Typhoon of the Year"
Last edited 7th November 2013

The Philippine authorities are preparing for the arrival of category 5 typhoon Haiyan , which should hit the central areas of the archipelago tomorrow with winds up to 278 km / h. Some schools have been closed as a precautionary measure and in many areas evacuation operations are underway involving thousands of citizens, particularly the eastern coastal areas.

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Are Migrants more Resilient to Disaster in Australia?
Last edited 6th November 2013

Most Australians grow up with an awareness of the deadly impact floods, bushfires and cyclones can bring. But it's a different story for those who move here from vastly different environments. A new Queensland study is asking the question: how do migrants cope with Australia's natural disasters?


Preparing for the Worst, Praying for Rain
Last edited 23rd October 2013

Bushfires have again flared in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney (Australia), whipped up by strong winds and once more threatening communities. Fire fighters are battling the winds of up to 100km/h which in turn is sending ember showers over residential bushland areas. Please continue to pray for all those affected.

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Libya: Militias, Politics and the need for Security
Last edited 23rd October 2013

Middle East Analysis turns its lens on North Africa today and more specifically, Libya. Ali Zeidan, the country's Prime Minister, was abducted and held at gunpoint by armed captors in Tripoli during the early morning hours of 10 October 2013 before being released six hours later. This was allegedly, in retaliation to the capture of an al-Qaida suspect by US special forces last weekend.


Wealth Inequality in America
Last edited 22nd October 2013

Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is!


Australian Bushfire Emergency Continues - Vinnies Launches Appeal for Victims
Last edited 20th October 2013

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW has launched a Bushfire Appeal to help victims of the devastating and on-going bushfire emergency. More than 2000 fire fighters continue to battle blazes across the Blue Mountains, at Muswellbrook in the Hunter Valley, Balmoral and Bargo in the Southern Highlands and at Wyong on the Central Coast.

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Cyclone in India: Caritas Estimates 100,000 Displaced
Last edited 16th October 2013

Cyclone Phailin has killed at least 30 people and left more than 100,000 homeless in Orissa, India. Half a million hectares of farmland have also been damaged with 15 per cent of the rice crop lost. About 14,500 villages and 39 cities have been badly hit with as many as 300,000 houses destroyed, this according to Caritas India, the Catholic association involved in rescue and recovery operations along with the central and local governments.


Earthquake Strikes the Philippines, 20 Dead
Last edited 15th October 2013

A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the center of the Philippine archipelago , killing at least 20 people so far . The death toll, however, is unfortunately likely to rise. Experts from the U.S. Geological Survey reported that the quake struck below the island of Bohol, a populous region and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. There were also victims and damage reported in the neighboring province of Cebu.

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