Disasters

"12,000 U.S. Schools Are Within A Mile Of A Hazardous Chemical Facility"

"On April 17, 2013, an explosion and fire at the West Fertilizer Company plant in West, Texas, killed 15 people and injured hundreds. It also destroyed more than 150 buildings around the plant. Among these were the West Intermediate School for 4th and 5th graders, located about 550 feet (170 meters) away from the fertilizer plant, and West High School, about 1,150 feet (350 meters) away."

Source: Ensia, 11/11/2016

"A Month After Hurricane Matthew, 800,000 Haitians Urgently Need Food"

"FONDTOUTANU, Haiti — There is no food, so along the road through the mountains there are children begging for something to eat. Most of the trucks rumble past with donations for somewhere else. But one stopped here the other day with sacks of rice, beans and dried herring, setting off a stampede."

Source: Wash Post, 11/04/2016

"Hurricane Matthew Took A Big Bite Out Of Southeastern States' Beaches"

"Beaches in the Southeastern U.S. took a tremendous beating last month from Hurricane Matthew. The U.S. Geological Survey has found that the storm washed over and damaged 15 percent of sand dunes on Florida's Atlantic Coast, 30 percent along Georgia's coastline and 42 percent of the dunes on South Carolina beaches."

Source: NPR, 11/03/2016

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