In Nepal, the massive earthquake damaged hundreds of thousands of buildings, but it didn't knock them all down. So now the focus is building temporary shelter, mostly using whatever materials are on hand.
By the time Japan hosts the 2020 summer Olympic Games, its triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown will be almost a decade old. Relief efforts are nowhere near completed, and now Japan must face some difficult choices about funding.
More than 1,100 workers in a Bangladesh garment-factory complex died in what was the country's worst-ever industrial disaster. Bangladesh police have charged the owners of the Rana Plaza complex in Dhaka, which collapsed in 2013, of murder and negligence. Several government officials were also charged. If convicted, the accused could face the death penalty.
Most of those Nepalis affected by the earthquake in April were women who have had to deal with the disaster on their own. Journalist Purvi Thacker happened to be in Nepal last month when the earthquake hit. She describes meeting women faced with the reality of providing aid on the ground and dealing with their own destroyed homes and lives.
Global Medic, an aid agency based in Canada, is using drones — or UAVs — to help scope out remote areas in need of aid. And while they can't deliver supplies just yet, the group says they're still a vital way to get quick results when disasters hit.
When disasters like earthquakes strikes in far-off countries, our first instinct is to help in any way we can. But sometimes that help actually gets in the way of recovery. That's what reporter Jonathan Katz experienced after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and he has suggestions on how to avoid a repeat.
Humanitarian aid groups all over the world are struggling to cope with back-to-back disasters in China and Myanmar, and The World's Julia Kumari Drapkin reports on how they decide where to focus their efforts.
The rescue effort for earthquake survivors continues in China, one week later, and The World's Mary Kay Magistad reports that in Beichuan, one of the worst hit areas, local officials are now being criticized for not having done enough to save lives.