Hurricane Grace pummeled Mexico with torrential rain on Saturday, causing severe flooding and mudslides that killed at least eight people after becoming one of the most powerful storms in years to hit the country’s Gulf coast.
Haiti is reeling from back-to-back disasters. A 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked southwest Haiti on Saturday, killing more than 1,200 people. Then, Tropical Depression Grace swept through the same region, deluging survivors and hampering rescue efforts yesterday.
For many migrant workers caught up in severe flooding in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, crossing town to stay with relatives in less affected areas or returning to their homes in the countryside are not possible.
The East African country of Mozambique suffered a direct hit from Cyclone Eloise in late January, killing 11 and displacing thousands. Severe flooding has damaged or destroyed over 17,000 homes in the central region of the country.
The search for survivors continues today in West Sulawesi, Indonesia. “[A] 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit West Sulawesi on January 15; 81 people die[d] and more than 1,000 houses [were] damaged,” Asian Access leader Juserdi* says.