Wednesday, July 31, 2013
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News
Hundreds of Sandy victims may be denied access to thousands of dollars in Red Cross funds because of a change in the eligibility requirements made without their knowledge, a watchdog group claims.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Public housing developments across the city from the Rockaways in Queens, to the Lower East Side, to Red Hook, Brooklyn, were flooded by Sandy. Electrical systems and boilers remained underwater for days in some complexes. Many residents did not evacuate and endured dark, cold buildings for weeks. Today, the basics – heat, hot water and power – are back but many fixes are temporary.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
By Annmarie Fertoli : Associate Producer at WNYC
Volunteers from the tri-state area are helping out with relief efforts in Joplin, Missouri, where a deadly tornado ripped through the community of 50,000 over the weekend, leaving at least 120 dead and more than 750 injured as it ferociously tore through homes and businesses.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
More than 600 nonprofits have offered relief goods and materials to the people of Japan since the earthquake and tsunami. But with the exception of twelve countries with specialized search and rescue teams and a handful of international aid organizations, the Japanese government is politely turning them down. The Japanese Red Cross Society has yet to appeal for funds. Still, just like after every major natural disaster, dozens if not hundreds of new nonprofits have been registered. In the case of a major world economy like Japan, where and how does it make sense to give?
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
So far more than 8,000 people have been confirmed dead in Japan, but some 13,000 or more are still missing. In addition, nearly 500,000 Japanese have been displaced by the earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear crisis. Now, 11 days after that initial impact from the tsunami and quake, aid workers are shifting from rescue to relief missions, helping those who have been left behind.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Operation Odyssey Dawn began Saturday with coalition missiles targeting Moammar Gadhafi's tanks and air defenses. Is the United States leading this effort? Meanwhile, relief and rescue efforts continue in Japan and time is of the essence as over 12,000 people are still missing and 8,000 have been confirmed dead so far.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The tsunami that hit Japan's coast, washed away streets, brought down buildings and wiped away landmarks, essentially erasing any map of the region. This poses an immense challenge to relief teams who have to work immediately and systematically to save victims.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Thousands are still missing in Japan and the search efforts are challenging: in addition to the rubble left by the earthquake, large areas of land are still flooded, and more than 200,000 people have been evacuated from areas to protect citizens from radiation poisoning. Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan has said this is the country's greatest crisis since World War II. The U.S. Navy is flying missions to assess the debris field at sea and drop humanitarian aid. 150 of America's top search-and-rescue specialists from Virginia and California arrived Monday morning to travel to the coastal village of Ofunato in Iwate prefecture.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
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Friday, August 27, 2010
Pakistan's Taliban hinted on Thursday that they may attack humanitarian workers who are helping to provide relief to more than eight million people affected by catastrophic flooding. "No relief is reaching the affected people, and when the victims are not receiving help, then this horde of foreigners is not acceptable to us at all," a Taliban spokesman told the Associated Press. How do you bring aid to people in need when there are factions in the country threatening attack on those trying to help?
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The recent debate over whether an Islamic cultural center should be allowed to be built near Ground Zero has only gotten hotter since President Obama weighed in last Friday. "As a citizen, and as president," Obama said, "I believe that Muslims have the right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America. And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable." Stoked by arguments over this one building, the national discussion about Islam's role in American society has dramatically heated up. That got us thinking about Graham Fuller's new book, "A World Without Islam."
Monday, January 25, 2010
We give you all you need to know about the news we expect to come in the next seven days. This week, we take a look at what to expect in President Obama's first State of the Union address. We'll also look ahead at how the president is planning to stop what appears to be a tailspin for the Democrats; Ben Bernanke's confirmation as Fed chairman; the relief effort in Haiti; and the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The USNS Comfort has steamed into a sea of misery in Haiti. The floating hospital has a thousand beds, which is a big number, but is nothing compared to what's needed in Haiti right now. The worry this morning is will injured people, who would otherwise survive, die for lack of basic medical care. We find out about the status of the medical care there.