Putting it plainly, there are a lot of disasters and catastrophes in today’s news.
Happening in the World: Typhoon Nanmadol has hit Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost island, causing heavy rainfall that is expected to exceed 20 inches and increase the likelihood of landslides. Nearly eight million people have been told to evacuate. Power has been knocked out of thousands of households. As of now, there have been a small number of reported injuries but no deaths. (NYT)
Happening in the US: Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico on Sunday, causing most of the island to lose power. The storm has caused severe flooding and landslides as it moves toward the Dominican Republic. Power has been restored to some parts of the island, but officials have stated that it may take days for power to be fully restored due to the fragility of Puerto Rico’s power grid after Hurricane Maria in 2017. (Reuters)
Happening in NYC: Yeshiva University has chosen to suspend all undergraduate student groups to avoid recognizing an LGBT campus group, YU Pride Alliance. The university made this decision after the Supreme Court agreed with a lower court that the school must recognize the group. Yeshiva University claims that recognizing the group goes against their religious freedom. (Gothamist)
Happening in Our Community: “How can climate data improve humanitarian action?” will be taking place at The Forum from 3 to 6 pm. The interactive session is part of Climate Week and will focus on humanitarian practitioners and scientists reflecting on how their work intertwines when analyzing climate data. Register here.
Hurricane via Bwog Archives