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Preparing search and rescue post-quakeupdated: Thu Apr 12 2012 04:59:00

Phillip Charlesworth of IFRC Indonesia Country Office discusses search and rescue efforts following the massive quake.

13 survivors from boat that sank off Indonesia found adrift at seaupdated: Tue Dec 20 2011 06:39:00

Thirteen people left adrift off the coast of Indonesia after their boat sank have been rescued by a passing coal freighter, the head of the local search and rescue agency said Tuesday.

8 killed in Indonesia ferry stampedeupdated: Wed Sep 28 2011 08:52:00

At least eight people were killed when an explosion triggered a stampede on a docked ferry in central Indonesia Wednesday, authorities said.

House set to act on disaster funds deal Thursday updated: Tue Sep 27 2011 12:22:00

The House of Representatives is expected to take action Thursday on a bipartisan agreement ending a dispute over disaster relief spending that threatened to cause a partial shutdown of the government by the end of the week.

Senate reaches agreement on FEMA fundsupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 12:22:00

The Senate reached a bipartisan agreement to end a dispute over disaster relief spending. Kate Bolduan reports.

CNNMoney: Shutdown looms as Congress debates FEMA fundingupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 08:23:00

The standoff continues Monday between the House and the Senate over emergency funding, which is holding up a short-term spending measure to keep government running into the new fiscal year that begins this weekend.

Political chatter shows no hint of bipartisan intent updated: Sun Sep 25 2011 16:46:00

If the political chatter out of Washington on Sunday is any indication, the prospects for Congress reaching a major deficit reduction deal this year appear grim.

The first step to saving your lifeupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 05:50:00

What is the first step toward making a disaster plan that could save your life? FEMA Director Craig Fugate explains.

House defeats Republican spending planupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 05:50:00

In a major blow to the Republican leadership, the U.S. House on Wednesday defeated a temporary spending measure that would have required spending cuts to offset additional money for federal disaster relief efforts.

Government shutdown looms over FEMA fightupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 19:28:00

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he's not sure a potential government shutdown at the end of the month can be avoided because of a stand-off between the House and Senate over how much to spend on disaster relief.

Help for victims of Ireneupdated: Thu Sep 01 2011 17:23:00

Residents are still dealing with the aftermath of Irene -- a massive storm that pummeled the East Coast.

How to help storm and flood victimsupdated: Fri May 06 2011 13:30:00

The severe storms and tornadoes that ripped through the South and Midwest killed at least 327 people, making it the third deadliest outbreak in U.S. history.

Survivors start road to recoveryupdated: Fri May 06 2011 13:30:00

The storms that devastated the South are gone, but the survivors are just beginning to realize how much they've lost.

Search and rescue robots to Japanupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 19:42:00

Search and rescue robots are deployed in Japan to help rescue the missing and search for the dead.

CNNMoney: Shop for Japan: Lady Gaga, Levis, Charlie Sheen all donate sales to relief effortsupdated: Fri Mar 18 2011 07:48:00

When it comes to lending support for victims of the earthquake in Japan, there are text donations, in-kind contributions -- and a little retail therapy.

Navigating a radiation cloud in Japanupdated: Tue Mar 15 2011 05:54:00

Under a cloud of radiation, U.S. troops try to help Japan. CNN's Chris Lawrence reports.

Doctors, aid workers get to work in Japanupdated: Tue Mar 15 2011 05:54:00

A massive emergency response operation is under way in northern Japan, with world governments and international aid groups coming together to bring relief to the beleaguered island nation.

Survivor rescued nine miles off coastupdated: Mon Mar 14 2011 20:35:00

A 60-year-old man was found floating on a piece of roof, but his wife was swept away in the tsunami.

Warships, doctors, and dogs on extensive Japan assistance missionupdated: Mon Mar 14 2011 05:41:00

Numerous U.S. rescue and assistance teams arrived Sunday in Japan and are helping lead a broad international effort to bring relief to areas ravaged by Friday's earthquake and tsunami.

International relief extended to devastated Japanupdated: Sat Mar 12 2011 23:09:00

The 8.9-magnitude earthquake and coastline-devouring tsunami that hit Japan has led 49 countries, the European Union and even the International Atomic Energy Agency to band together and offer relief to the devastated island nation.

Moment of the Japan quakeupdated: Sat Mar 12 2011 06:07:00

Video captured the moment the 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan.

U.S. mobilizes to get assistance to quake-ravaged Japanupdated: Sat Mar 12 2011 06:07:00

Humanitarian assistance from the United States began its journey to Japan Friday, as President Barack Obama extended a helping hand to the nation after it was hit by a devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami.

Prince William's first rescue flightupdated: Tue Oct 05 2010 13:26:00

Prince William co-pilots his first search-and-rescue flight since becoming certified last month by the Royal Air Force.

Across flooded plains on a hovercraftupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 12:23:00

CNN's Reza Sayah rides a hovercraft across a lake created due to heavy rains in Pakistan.

Rescuing Pakistan's flood survivorsupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 12:23:00

Recovery efforts are struggling to meet the needs of flood survivors in Pakistan.

Pakistan flooding challenges aid effortsupdated: Sun Aug 01 2010 13:11:00

U.N. aid official Nicki Bennett reports about the difficulties facing aid efforts in response to the recent flooding.

What will your Haiti relief donation go toward?updated: Fri Jan 29 2010 16:48:00

The list of agencies helping with relief efforts in Haiti keeps growing. Their no. 1 need? Money. But how will they be using your donations? We compiled a list of just some of the organizations and asked them.

Survivor, apparently unhurt, rescued from rubble after 11 daysupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 16:36:00

French rescue workers pulled a 24-year-old man alive from the rubble of a hotel in Haiti on Saturday, 11 days after an earthquake devastated much of the country.

Rescue after 11 daysupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 16:36:00

Exclusive video of a 24-year-old Haitian man being rescued after 11 days of being trapped under rubble.

Haiti donors meet to plan rebuilding after quake destructionupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 16:24:00

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and foreign ministers from more than a dozen countries met Monday to discuss how to rebuild Haiti after the devastating January 12 earthquake.

U.S. troops arrive in Haitiupdated: Wed Jan 20 2010 18:55:00

U.S. soldiers have arrived in Port-au-Prince to provide security and help relief efforts. CNN Karl Penhaul reports.

Wife trapped in bank rescuedupdated: Wed Jan 20 2010 14:50:00

A woman was found alive after six days, trapped under the rubble of a collapsed bank in Haiti. ITN's Bill Neely reports.

Rescue teams mobilized, watch Haiti turmoil from U.S.updated: Wed Jan 20 2010 14:50:00

Four of the 10 American rescue teams mobilized in the hours following the earthquake in Haiti are returning home Tuesday -- having never traveled farther than their local airports.

Aid workers frustrated with relief effortupdated: Wed Jan 20 2010 11:18:00

Anger boiled over on the streets of Haiti's capital Tuesday -- not just from residents who have gone a week without food and water, but from the people who are supposed to be providing it.

Devastation in another townupdated: Wed Jan 20 2010 09:28:00

CNN's Soledad O'Brien reports on the relief effort in Haiti's cultural capital of Jacmel.

Fortune: U.S. companies rally for Haitiupdated: Mon Jan 18 2010 11:37:00

Corporate America has already pledged more than $40 million in donations to support earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. Corporate pledges for Haiti have tripled in the past 24 hours, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Search crews still finding survivors of Haiti quakeupdated: Sun Jan 17 2010 18:17:00

Survivors still emerged from collapsed buildings in Haiti's devastated capital Sunday, nearly five days after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the impoverished island nation.

Haitians sing, chant, marchupdated: Sun Jan 17 2010 18:17:00

Amidst the destruction and devastation, Haitians come together for a peaceful march.

Food drops reach victimsupdated: Sat Jan 16 2010 21:06:00

Aid helicopters drop food onto crowds of Haitians.

U.S. troops hand out meals as Haiti relief effort takes shapeupdated: Sat Jan 16 2010 21:06:00

U.S. helicopters carrying food hovered above the ground in one area of the battered Haitian capital on Saturday, flinging out boxes to the anxious crowd.

Haiti earthquake: Friday news updatesupdated: Sat Jan 16 2010 06:38:00

10:54 p.m. -- People looking for loved ones in Haiti are posting their pictures on's iReport page dedicated to them. Likewise, people in Haiti are sending messages out to say they're OK.

Child pulled from rubble two days after quake; searches go onupdated: Thu Jan 14 2010 20:40:00

Her braids, dusty from the rubble around her, poked out from the small opening where she lay crying in pain, her right leg pinned under a heavy piece of metal.

Airlines organizing Haiti earthquake aidupdated: Thu Jan 14 2010 17:02:00

Airlines, uncertain about when commercial service to disaster-ravaged Haiti will resume, are organizing relief flights and offering incentives to customers who donate to aid organizations.

China's grieving parentsupdated: Wed May 13 2009 23:01:00

CNN's John Vause reports on the grief and anger many parents still feel, a year after China's deadly earthquake.

China quake scars linger amid rebuildingupdated: Wed May 13 2009 23:01:00

In one big jolt, the worst earthquake to hit China in 32 years changed the lives of millions of people in the nation's heartland.

Amid rebuilding, scars linger from China quakeupdated: Tue May 12 2009 07:12:00

In one big jolt, the worst earthquake to hit China in 32 years changed the lives of millions of people in the nation's heartland.

Rescue workers pull body from German buildingupdated: Sun Mar 08 2009 09:31:00

Rescue workers have pulled a body from underneath the rubble of a collapsed apartment building in Cologne, Germany, police spokeswoman Astrid Gelss told CNN.

Cologne archive collapsesupdated: Sun Mar 08 2009 09:31:00

Emergency workers are on the scene in Cologne, Germany, after a historic archive building collapsed.

9 more rescued after Indonesia ferry disasterupdated: Mon Jan 12 2009 22:35:00

Search crews have rescued nine more passengers who survived a ferry capsizing off the coast of Indonesia, though more than 230 people are still missing.

Search for ferry survivors resumes in Indonesiaupdated: Sun Jan 11 2009 20:55:00

Search and rescue operations resumed Monday after a passenger ferry carrying 267 people capsized off the coast of Indonesia the day before, authorities said.

Ike wears itself out beating up on Texasupdated: Sun Sep 14 2008 09:01:00

Rescuers in Galveston, Texas, were going door-to-door Saturday to check on the estimated 20,000 people who failed to flee Hurricane Ike, which has slowed to tropical storm status.

Hurricane Ike, first-hand picsupdated: Sun Sep 14 2008 09:01:00

iReporter Tony Hooks gives viewers a first-hand view of the rain and wind as Ike storms through Houston.

Haiti gets much-needed hurricane relief suppliesupdated: Fri Sep 05 2008 21:55:00

A ship carrying U.N. relief supplies, including food and water, arrived Friday in the hurricane-ravaged Haitian city of Gonaives, an official with the United Nations' World Food Programme said.

UNICEF needs helpupdated: Fri Jul 18 2008 08:48:00

CNN's Anjali Rao speaks with UNICEF's Michael Bociurkiw about the need for more funds in Myanmar.

Quake survivors face anxietyupdated: Mon Jun 30 2008 17:57:00

CNN's Eunice Yoon shows how survivors in the quake-hit Chinese province of Sichuan are coping with trauma.

Report: U.N. chief arrives in quake zoneupdated: Mon Jun 30 2008 17:57:00

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in China Saturday to observe earthquake relief efforts, China's state-run news agency reported.

Millions left homeless by China quakeupdated: Wed May 28 2008 02:57:00

A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington said Friday that a devastating earthquake in southwest China destroyed or heavily damaged 436,000 properties leading to 4.8 million homeless, according to official figures.

Refugees wait in Chinaupdated: Wed May 28 2008 02:57:00

Refugees from China's massive earthquake wait for news of missing family members. CNN's Eunice Yoon reports.

Students rescued from rubbleupdated: Wed May 28 2008 02:57:00

ITN's Paul Davies reports on rescue and aid efforts in China.

Myanmar aid conferenceupdated: Tue May 27 2008 21:43:00

Myanmar is hosting an international donors' conference in Bangkok to raise money. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

Cyclone aid conference opens in Myanmarupdated: Tue May 27 2008 21:43:00

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon flew to Myanmar on Sunday to guide a conference with international agencies aimed at boosting donations for the cyclone-struck nation, now that its ruling military junta has agreed to accept aid.

Aftershock rattles China rescue effortsupdated: Sun May 18 2008 07:43:00

A strong aftershock early Sunday rattled areas still reeling from last week's massive earthquake in China, shaking frayed nerves of survivors and slowing rescue and relief efforts.

Villages ravaged by cycloneupdated: Sun May 18 2008 03:34:00

Villagers in Myanmar struggle to begin recovery efforts following a cyclone that tore through the region. The Return of Burma's Monksupdated: Fri May 16 2008 17:00:00

As the government's own aid efforts fall short, the Buddhist monks are joining other private citizens in taking up the slack China: 18,000 'Buried' in One Cityupdated: Mon May 12 2008 19:00:00

More than 18,000 people are reported buried under rubble in just one earthquake-hit city of China as teams of rescuers battle through power cuts, mudslides and heavy rain in desperate efforts to reach them Is It Time to Invade Burma?updated: Sat May 10 2008 01:00:00

The ruling junta will accept aid only with conditions. Should the U.S. strike to avert a humanitarian disaster?

Utah mine searchers still hoping for 'miracle'updated: Thu Aug 30 2007 07:52:00

Crews searching for any sign of six miners trapped for more than three weeks are "hoping a miracle could happen," a federal official told lawmakers Wednesday, while another hole was drilled to insert a robotic camera into the mountain.

Utah mine operator: We are back at square oneupdated: Tue Aug 07 2007 21:31:00

Efforts to reach six men trapped in a collapsed coal mine in Utah were "wiped out" Tuesday by what the mine operator's CEO called continuing "seismic and tectonic activity."

Navy copter crash in Pacific kills at least oneupdated: Fri Jan 26 2007 20:38:00

A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed Friday near San Clemente Island in the Pacific Ocean, killing at least one of the four people aboard, a Navy spokesman told CNN.

Plane search resumes in Indonesiaupdated: Tue Jan 02 2007 06:49:00

Rescue teams resumed searching Wednesday for a missing jetliner over northern Indonesia, a day after authorities erroneously reported the Boeing 737's wreckage had been found and that a dozen people may have survived.

Quake: Second wave of death fearedupdated: Wed Nov 02 2005 19:41:00

Dozens of villages containing hundreds of thousands of people have received little or no aid nearly four weeks after a devastating earthquake hit Pakistan and India.

Quake relief in 'race against time'updated: Mon Oct 17 2005 00:04:00

More than a week into the relief effort after the South Asia earthquake, a U.N. official says the situation remains grave and the effort is facing daunting problems.

Pakistani aid copter crashes, killing 6updated: Sun Oct 16 2005 04:19:00

Torrential rains caused authorities to temporarily ground relief flights Sunday following the crash of a Pakistani army helicopter that killed six people.

Search called off in Guatemala townupdated: Tue Oct 11 2005 00:06:00

Guatemalan authorities called off the search Tuesday for bodies in Panabaj, where between 600 and 1,000 people may be buried under a mudslide that obliterated the town five days earlier.

Frustration over aid deliveryupdated: Mon Oct 10 2005 00:27:00

Frustration is mounting in Pakistan and India over the pace of relief efforts in the earthquake zone with many remote regions still not accessible after Saturday's tremor struck.

Relief effort under way for quake victimsupdated: Sat Oct 08 2005 08:30:00

The U.N. secretary-general has praised the international community for its response in assisting earthquake victims in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.

Robots can be lifesaving rescue workers updated: Thu Sep 15 2005 14:08:00

They look like big, high-tech toys. But robotic airplanes and helicopters with cameras, microphones and sensors can provide crucial information for emergency responders in the aftermath of disasters like Hurricane Katrina.

Offers of aid from around the worldupdated: Mon Sep 05 2005 07:21:00

Countries and international agencies -- including several coping with major adversities themselves -- have offered money and supplies to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. receives aid offers from around the worldupdated: Sun Sep 04 2005 08:11:00

The U.S. government has received offers of aid from dozens of nations across the globe in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the State Department said.

Bush signs $10.5 billion disaster aid billupdated: Fri Sep 02 2005 10:08:00

After touring Gulf Coast states affected by Hurricane Katrina, President Bush on Friday night signed a $10.5 billion relief package passed by Congress to help victims of the massive storm.

Convoys bring relief to New Orleansupdated: Fri Sep 02 2005 06:43:00

Four days after Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the northern Gulf Coast, tired and angry people stranded at the convention center in New Orleans welcomed a supply convoy carrying food, water and medicine with cheers and tears of joy.

Senate OKs $10.5 billion disaster billupdated: Thu Sep 01 2005 14:31:00

The Senate convened in special session Thursday night and approved a $10.5 billion disaster relief request from the Bush administration to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Louisiana wants 40,000 troopsupdated: Thu Sep 01 2005 07:38:00

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco said Thursday she has requested the mobilization of 40,000 National Guard troops to restore order and assist in relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans.

Massive federal relief effort under wayupdated: Tue Aug 30 2005 09:15:00

Victims of Hurricane Katrina -- some of whom escaped with only their lives -- soon will get help from a massive federal relief effort led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Pentagon.

Indonesia says it won't expel foreign aid troopsupdated: Sun Jan 16 2005 05:35:00

Indonesia's defense minister says his country has no intention of expelling foreign troops helping the country recover from the tsunami disaster but merely hopes to take over most of the relief effort by the end of March.

U.S. Navy helicopter crashes in Indonesiaupdated: Sun Jan 09 2005 21:23:00

A U.S. Navy helicopter participating in tsunami relief efforts crashed on approach to the airfield at Banda Aceh early Monday, with all 10 aboard suffering minor injuries, a Navy spokesman said.

Leaders view tsunami devastationupdated: Fri Jan 07 2005 00:33:00

High-ranking international officials have toured regions hardest hit by the Indian Ocean tsunamis to see firsthand the devastation that has prompted one of the world's biggest relief efforts.

Pledges pour in, cash needed nowupdated: Wed Jan 05 2005 01:27:00

South Asian countries will need $977 million in cash assistance over the next six months to recover from the tsunami disaster, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said.

Powell: U.S. values in actionupdated: Tue Jan 04 2005 00:41:00

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has said the United States is throwing its financial and military weight into southern Asian relief efforts not to gain favor in the Islamic world but because it's what Americans do.

Powell, U.S. team arrive in Thailandupdated: Mon Jan 03 2005 09:25:00

A U.S. delegation led by Secretary of State Colin Powell arrived Monday in Bangkok, Thailand, on the first stop of a tour to the tsunami-devastated regions of southern Asia.

Powell, U.S. team to survey tsunami damageupdated: Mon Jan 03 2005 07:03:00

A U.S. delegation led by Secretary of State Colin Powell was expected to arrive Monday in Bangkok, Thailand, on the first stop of a tour to the tsunami-devastated regions of southern Asia.

Aid workers in desperate struggleupdated: Mon Jan 03 2005 00:01:00

Relief workers are struggling to reach areas cut off by last week's Indian Ocean tsunamis, as the death toll mounts and hope of finding thousands of missing people fades.

Powell reaffirms U.S. commitment to tsunami reliefupdated: Sun Jan 02 2005 15:02:00

Before leaving Sunday on a U.S. mission to tsunami-ravaged southern Asia, Secretary of State Colin Powell sharply rebutted criticism that the initial U.S. response to the disaster was slow and inadequate.

CNNMoney: U.S. firms helping tsunami victimsupdated: Thu Dec 30 2004 14:06:00

U.S. corporations are contributing millions of dollars in relief aid to tsunami-hit Asia. The following is a list of those that have taken steps to provide aid to the victims who are in need of funds, food and medicine following this weekend's disaster:

World sends help for tsunami victimsupdated: Wed Dec 29 2004 06:33:00

Gargantuan global relief efforts are gaining momentum as countries and aid organizations donate money, supplies and personnel to areas ravaged by earthquake-triggered tsunamis.

More than 80,000 killed in tsunamisupdated: Wed Dec 29 2004 00:26:00

U.N. relief workers have arrived in Indonesia's Aceh province to find devastation in the region closest to the epicenter of the earthquake that spawned Sunday's killer tsunamis.

Huge aid effort gathers speedupdated: Tue Dec 28 2004 18:20:00

One of the world's largest relief efforts is gaining momentum as countries and aid organizations make more donations of funding, supplies and personnel to areas ravaged by earthquake-triggered tsunamis.

CNNMoney: Relief effort for Asia buildsupdated: Tue Dec 28 2004 12:40:00

One of the world's largest relief efforts gained momentum Tuesday as countries and aid organizations made more donations of money, supplies and personnel to areas ravaged by earthquake-triggered tsunamis.

Donations to tsunami relief 'generous,' U.N. saysupdated: Tue Dec 28 2004 07:56:00

The United Nations' emergency relief coordinator said Tuesday that the international response to the tsunami catastrophe in southern Asia has been "very generous" despite earlier comments in which he called some nations "stingy."

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