The WHO expressed grave concern over the humanitarian health catastrophe unfolding as the Turkish military pushes into Kurdish-controlled areas in northeast Syria.  The Numbers:

In the developed world, Google and Apple Maps may seem to have just about every inch of ground covered—but huge swaths of the globe remain digitally unmapped, posing huge challenges to disaster response.   Why the map gap? Digital mapping projects are propped up by ad sales…

Hurricane Dorian, one of the strongest storms the Atlantic has seen, left 1,300 people missing and health care facilities operating on a shoestring—if at all.   At Cooper’s Town Community—which is both a local hangout and a sorely needed health resource on on Great Abaco…

The Bahamas, battered merciless by Hurricane Dorian for 48 hours earlier this week, is now facing catastrophic damage.   “There’s nothing left,” survivor Craig Curry told The Washington Post.   The death toll, as of last night, was 20, but expected to climb as emergency…

UNICEF and the World Food Programme provide food and nutrition aid to North Korean children—but a lack of funds, fueled by political tension and the US-led strategy of pressure and isolation of North Korea, have limited their reach. The country’s most vulnerable children…

The Houston-Galveston coast is critically vulnerable to storms that could impact millions and cause untold damage. So, Texas engineers are studying the Netherlands’ 2,300-mile Delta Works system.  The Dutch are experts in flood control with centuries of dike and canal…

The world’s next pandemic is “a matter of when, not if.” To build a better-coordinated response that minimizes impact, leaders should craft operational, strategic and policy choices informed by lessons learned from the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak.   CDG fellow Jeremy Konyndyk’…

Before Cyclone Fani pummeled one of India’s poorest states on Friday, authorities in Odisha deployed everything they had. 2.6 million texts, 43,000 volunteers, 1,000 emergency workers, sirens, TV commercials, a 5-page action plan. The messaging was simple and relentless: “A…

A couple months after a November wildfire devastated Paradise, California, resident Kyla Awalt’s insurance company told her it was time to move back home.   But the town still has no potable water; preliminary tests indicate the fire contaminated pipelines with cancer-…

A month after Cyclone Idai hit southern Africa, killing more than 1,000 and leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless, the suffering continues. The Numbers, according to Reuters: