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Anger as Malaysian Prime Minister plays golf with Barack Obama while thousands struggle in floods

More than 100,000 people have been displaced by the floods. Photo: AP

More than 100,000 people have been displaced by the floods. Photo: AP

Pengkalan Chepa, Malaysia: Rescuers are struggling to get help to the tens of thousands of people affected by Malaysia’s worst flooding in decades as angry victims accused the government of being slow in its response. Malaysians have vented their anger at Prime Minister Najib Razak after photos went viral on social media showing him playing golf with US President Barack Obama during the storms…

 

Indian Ocean Tsunami: How the natural disaster sparked a huge fertility boom

How does the death of a child affect parents’ subsequent fertility? On a population scale this has been difficult to answer, but it has fundamental implications for understanding population dynamics across the globe. It has been argued, for example, that investing in reducing child mortality will result in substantial reductions in fertility. But unanticipated natural disasters provide an unusual, if tragic, opportunity to investigate this question…

 

Science still learning how to limit tsunami misery

It is estimated the energy released was the equivalent of more than 10,000 Hiroshima bombs

It is estimated the energy released was the equivalent of more than 10,000 Hiroshima bombs

The modern world has never been hit in a single blow by a natural disaster as far reaching as the earthquake and tsunami of 26 December 2004. It was not just the violence of the event – one estimate given to the BBC shortly after was that the energy released was the equivalent of more than 10,000 Hiroshima bombs. Vulnerability was as important. Densely populated communities along the coastlines of northern Sumatra and around the Bay of Bengal had no protection of any kind against the waves that stormed ashore…

 

 

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