Damage, one death in Tanzania earthquake

Damage, one death in Tanzania earthquake

At least one person has died following a moderate earthquake that struck Thursday in the Lake Rukwa region of southwestern Tanzania. The 5.5-magnitude quake, centered beneath the lake itself, hit at 12:15 p.m. local time and affected the Katavi, Mbeya, Rukwa and Songwe regions. The fatality occurred south of the…

NFL player Ngata retires ‘on top’ from Mt. Kilimanjaro

American football player Haloti Ngata decided he was going out in style, so he announced his retirement from the National Football League from atop Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania on Monday. Ngota, a defensive tackle who played 13 seasons in the NFL including a 2012 Super Bowl win with the Baltimore…

Beira bears the brunt as Cyclone Idai makes landfall

The city of Beira in Mozambique was in total darkness as Cyclone Idai arrived Thursday, cutting off the power to a half million people who were waiting for daylight to assess the destruction from the storm. Cyclone Idai made landfall with the city squarely in its sights, arriving late Thursday…

Flooded Mozambique coast braces for Cyclone Idai landfall

The nation of Mozambique is bracing for the impending arrival of Cyclone Idai, a powerful storm expected to make landfall late Thursday, in areas just north of the coastal city of Beira already flooded from recent heavy rains. The Instituto Nacional de Meteorología has issued a high-level red alert for…

Mourning ET302 victims as UNEA begins in Nairobi

The weeklong United Nations Environment Assembly began in Nairobi on Monday with a moment of silence for the 157 victims aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, which crashed near its origination at Addis Ababa on Sunday with dozens of UN staffers, global delegates and participants on board.  Acting UN Environment director…

MSF: Ebola victims are patients, not a biothreat

The Doctors Without Borders medical NGO says the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of Congo is failing, because of increasing community mistrust but also because of a militarized stance toward communities and their patients. “Right now we are painting the Ebola epidemic as a security emergency,” said Dr. Joanne…