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Floods Cripple Pakistan

  • Luke Ford
  • 21 August 2010

Flooding triggered by exceptionally heavy monsoon rains has claimed the lives of more than 1,500 people in Pakistan during the last three weeks. A country already deeply troubled by ongoing violence and political unrest, Pakistan must now deal with the anguish of up to 20 million people affected by high waters that have washed away crops and destroyed entire villages. More than 4 million people are without homes and up to 3.5 million children are living under the constant threat of water-borne illnesses.


Recovering from the Mudslides in Madeira, Portugal

  • Paula Ferreira
  • 25 February 2010

On the morning of Saturday, 20 February 2010, the south of Madeira Island was lashed by an incredible 52mm of rainfall in one hour (9:00 to 10:00). The consequence was a series of mudslides and floods that struck mainly in the capital city of Funchal, Ribeira Brava and several other smaller towns in the area….


Mudslides and Mayhem near Machu Picchu, Peru

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 2 February 2010

“The months January and February in Cusco are known for the rain,” said Raymond Scholten of Chaska Tours, an ecotourism and adventure tour operator – your whl.travel local connection – based in this famous city of southern Peru. “Everybody is prepared for the rain, but this year the amount broke all records. It rained endlessly for almost…


Natural Disasters Pound Southeast Asia, Including Typhoon Ketsana

  • Diane Wuthrich and Ethan Gelber
  • 2 October 2009

It came as a triple whammy for which no one was prepared: Tuesday’s major undersea earthquake in the South Pacific triggered a devastating tsunami in Samoa and American Samoa; two pummelling tectonic shakedowns on the Indonesian island of Sumatra have produced heaps of rubble; all while the world deplored the wind- and water-lashed aftermath of last weekend’s Typhoon Ketsana, which slammed into the Philippines.


From End to End …….Tom Davenport’s Journey

  • whl.travel
  • 8 December 2008

One place really off the beaten track and which we don’t cover (as yet) is Antarctica. Nonetheless it is the destination of choice for an old friend of the whl.travel team, Tom Davenport from the World Bank Group, who is at this very moment crossing the continent. I last caught up with Tom in Washington, DC,…

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