5 health crises you may not have heard about in 2020

Fukushima’s Radioactive Wastewater Dilemma

The word “Fukushima” has become known globally as shorthand for a nuclear disaster that happened at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on the coast of Japan in March 2011. The disaster at the plant—about three hours’ drive north of Tokyo on the shore of the Pacific Ocean—began with a Magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that flooded critical control equipment and triggered a meltdown. For nearly a decade, the plant’s workers have cooled the wreckage with water. Now the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the power plant’s owner, is facing a new problem: what to do with radioactive water piling up at the site…

5 health crises you may not have heard about in 2020

COVID-19 has dominated the headlines – but it is just one of more than 60 emergencies the World Health Organization (WHO) has responded to this year.

Here are five health crises you may not have heard about in 2020…

In pictures: Hurricanes leave Hondurans homeless and destitute

Digno Osorto managed to save his family thanks to his horse-drawn cart. Image by Encarni Pindado, Spanish photojournalist, based in London.

Honduras is one of the countries in Central America to be hit not by one but two hurricanes this month.

Eta arrived in Nicaragua on 3 November as a category four hurricane and ripped through Honduras and Guatemala on its path north.

Less than two weeks later, Iota – also a category four hurricane – made landfall just 15 miles (24km) south of where Eta had hit.

The torrential rain brought by the almost back-to-back hurricanes caused deadly landslides, flash flooding and destruction in large areas of Central America…

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