As the Trump administration questions Hurricane Maria’s  death toll—which jumped from 64 into the thousands, it's crucial to clarify how the updated figures were calculated to prepare for future disasters, write the chairs of the North American biostatistics departments.

Amid fierce aftershocks, rescue teams are racing against the clock to find survivors buried in the rubble after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Friday off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Over 840 people are confirmed dead, with the death toll expected to…

HOUSTON – It’s a sad axiom of preparedness: Disasters are great teachers.  Example: After Tropical Storm Allison swamped the city of Houston with nearly 3 feet of rain in 2001, hospitals in the city lost power because electrical equipment and backup generators were in…

As feared, North Carolina flooding brought on by Hurricane Florence killed dozens and threatened the water supply with overflowing coal ash ponds, lagoons full of livestock waste, and raw sewage.   Now comes the tricky task of testing and cleaning up, says Rachel Noble, a…

While the Philippines braces for the worst ahead of Super Typhoon Mankhut, a massive storm the BBC says threatens more than 5 million, Hurricane Florence's assault on the US East Coast is underway.  

Hurricane Florence’s torrential rains are set to pummel the US East Coast this week in a potentially-historic storm—and that could set off a public health nightmare, contaminating drinking water with overflowed toxic waste and manure.

Sheri Fink’s heartbreaking account of how Hurricane Harvey overwhelmed Houston's emergency response services brings home the urgent need to discuss and draw lessons from the storm.   In riveting detail, she describes how the breakdown unfolded, and how a series of decisions…

CAPE TOWN—With a dozen empty plastic water jugs slung over her shoulders, Rukayah Salie hurries across a busy road in Muizenberg just outside of Cape Town, South Africa and joins the thirsty Capetonians queued up to collect free, clean drinking water from the roadside tap…

The rains subsided today, but rescue workers are still at work in Kerala, India, following the area’s worst flooding in nearly a century.  

People still think of India’s Bhopal tragedy, when 40 tons of a toxic gas spewed from the Union Carbide factory, as one tragic night in December 1984, writes Apoorva Mandavilli—but the disaster is still unfolding.   The leak, Mandavilli writes, divided Bhopal’s residents…