More flood disasters

Over 100 killed after typhoon batters Vietnam

By Kayla Costa, 10 November 2017

Typhoon Damrey, the biggest storm to have hit Vietnam in two decades, led to widespread suffering and the destruction of infrastructure.

Five years after Superstorm Sandy, millions remain vulnerable to future catastrophes

By Philip Guelpa, 1 November 2017

Preparations to protect against the predicted increase in the frequency and scale of future storms are completely inadequate to address the threat.

CVS and Aetna reportedly in talks for $60 billion merger

By Tom Hall, 31 October 2017

The merger between the CVS pharmacy chain and the insurance giant is reportedly in response to Amazon’s imminent entry into the prescription drug business.

Montana company with ties to Trump cashes in from Puerto Rico disaster

By Rafael Azul, 25 October 2017

Whitefish Energy, a tiny Montana company with virtually no experience in infrastructure repair, has secured a $300 million contract to help rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid.

Puerto Rico power blackout the biggest in US history

By Rafael Azul, 24 October 2017

Some 3 million people are without electricity and there are predictions that some remote parts of the mountainous island will not see power restored until next June.

Weeks after hurricanes in Texas and Florida: Government aid scarce, tens of thousands still displaced

By Tom Hall, 24 October 2017

Residents in both states attempting to piece their lives back together confront indifference and neglect from the federal government.

Estimated death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria rises to 450

By Rafael Azul, 20 October 2017

Amidst a systematic cover-up of the true scale of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, Trump declared yesterday that the response of the US government was a “10.”

Floridians line up for food assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma

By Matthew Taylor, 17 October 2017

Hundreds of thousands of residents affected by Hurricane Irma have lined up at parks, convention centers and parking lots to receive vouchers for emergency food assistance.

Hurricane Ophelia’s tail hits Ireland and UK

By Margot Miller, 17 October 2017

Three lives were reported lost and winds of up to 109 mph left 360,000 homes and businesses without power in the Republic of Ireland.

“Extreme emergency” declared for New Orleans’ drainage system

By J. L'Heureau, 16 October 2017

A series of recent storms which brought heavy rains has pushed the city’s antiquated flood control infrastructure to the breaking point.

President Trump threatens to pull the plug on Puerto Rico

By Rafael Azul, 13 October 2017

In Twitter messages, the president blamed the US territory for its crisis and said that federal disaster relief had to be limited.

Trump, local officials lie about real extent of Puerto Rico disaster

By Rafael Azul, 10 October 2017

Three weeks since the devastating storm hit, there is a concerted campaign by the Trump administration and local government authorities to conceal the full scope of the disaster.

WSWS reader describes ongoing human catastrophe in Puerto Rico

By Tom Hall, 9 October 2017

Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the island millions remain without power and the real death toll is still not known.

Puerto Rico continues to languish as tropical storm Nate threatens US Gulf Coast

By Rafael Azul, 7 October 2017

The current hurricane season in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico is proving to be one of the most destructive on record.

Wall Street demands Puerto Rico pay up

By Rafael Azul, 5 October 2017

Budget Director Mulvaney: “Puerto Rico’s going to have to figure out how to fix the errors that it has made for the last generation on its own finances.”

Trump’s photo-op in Puerto Rico

By Rafael Azul, 4 October 2017

Trump, who is proposing the largest tax cut for corporations and the rich in history, complained that the recovery effort was costing too much.

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey flooding

“Chemical coast” residents to be tested for toxic exposures in Houston, Texas

By Gary Joad, 4 October 2017

Houston area residents are being tested for petrochemical and Superfund toxic poisoning in the wake of recent severe Hurricane Harvey flooding.

Trump visits Puerto Rico as anger grows over government response

By Rafael Azul, 3 October 2017

In contrast to the indifference of the Trump administration, people across the United States are volunteering to help residents of the hurricane-ravaged island.

Puerto Rico faces health catastrophe as Trump tweets “We have done a great job”

By Andrea Lobo, 2 October 2017

Almost two weeks after Hurricane Maria laid waste to much of Puerto Rico, many towns are still cut off from all relief efforts.

New York City workers collecting aid express anger at Trump’s response to Puerto Rico disaster

By a WSWS reporting team, 2 October 2017

Working people at a South Bronx event to collect aid for people in the US territory spoke to the WSWS about their anger over the Trump administration’s lack of response to the devastation of Hurricane Maria, which struck nearly two weeks ago.

Trump to Puerto Rico: Your lives don’t matter

By Eric London, 30 September 2017

The Trump administration’s callous and incompetent response to the social disaster in Puerto Rico expresses the worldview of a financial oligarchy that sees the lives of working people as expendable.

As popular anger builds, US sends military to Puerto Rico

By Rafael Azul, 29 September 2017

The purpose of the military occupation is to contain the masses and to protect the profit interests of banks and corporations.

Puerto Rican people still without aid a week after Hurricane Maria

By Rafael Azul, 28 September 2017

Puerto Rico is already under a 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. Increasingly, the question raised is whether the island will be placed under martial law.

Trump to devastated Puerto Rico: Wall Street must be paid!

By Bill Van Auken, 27 September 2017

The brutal and ignorant tweet from the US president expresses the real attitude of America’s ruling oligarchy toward a population of 3.5 million confronting a humanitarian catastrophe.

UK government moves to prop up super-rich tax haven operations in British Virgin Islands

By Jean Shaoul and Robert Stevens, 27 September 2017

The BVI is known as a tourist location, but the island’s raison d’être for the ruling elite in Britain and globally is as a site for financial swindling on a vast scale.

Puerto Rico confronts the devastation wrought by hurricanes and Wall Street

By Rafael Azul, 25 September 2017

Puerto Rico is reeling not only from the catastrophic effects of hurricanes Irma and Maria, but from the predatory ravages of Wall Street.

Puerto Rico devastated by Hurricane Maria

By Rafael Azul, 22 September 2017

As in Texas and Florida, the human suffering caused by the hurricane was exacerbated by the absence of any serious evacuation plan and the lack of public resources.

Hurricane Maria devastates Puerto Rico

By Rafael Azul, 21 September 2017

The suffering caused by the hurricane was made worse by the absence of any serious official evacuation plan and the lack of resources due to the financial plundering of the US territory

Catastrophic Hurricane María heads for Puerto Rico

By Rafael Azul, 20 September 2017

The Category Five storm is the largest to hit the island territory in nearly 90 years.

“You can't depend on our government anymore to help”

Watch: Hurricane Harvey victims applying for federal aid encounter government indifference

By Tom Hall and Charles Abelard reporting from Houston, 18 September 2017

WSWS reporters spoke to people leaving a FEMA assistance center in Houston, where the government is making local residents shoulder the costs of the recovery.

Two million in Florida still without power nearly a week after Hurricane Irma

By Trévon Austin, 16 September 2017

In Highlands County in south Florida, an area with a 19.4 percent poverty rate, nearly three-quarters of residents were still without power Friday.

Jacksonville area staggered by flooding, power outages from Hurricane Irma

By Matthew Taylor, 15 September 2017

The storm knocked out power for 60 percent of the city, some 288,000 homes, according to the Jacksonville Electrical Authority, the utility company that provides power for the region.

A social crime: Eight elderly dead in Florida nursing home after days without air conditioning

By Niles Niemuth, 14 September 2017

Police evacuated 115 remaining residents from a nursing home north of Miami after they spent days in suffocating heat after the power was knocked out by Hurricane Irma.

Evacuees, volunteers describe inadequate services, police harassment at Houston convention center

By Tom Hall reporting from Houston, 14 September 2017

Houston’s business community is eager to move evacuees out of the city’s convention centers as quickly as possible in order to resume their lucrative tourist operations.

After Irma, Wall Street pushes for austerity and privatization in Puerto Rico

By Rafael Azul, 14 September 2017

Hurricane Irma came in as a godsend to the hedge fund managers who want to privatize the island’s public electric company.

From hurricanes to tax cuts: The ruling class gets down to business

By Joseph Kishore, 13 September 2017

Even as the destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is still being tallied, the US political establishment is moving rapidly to push through a massive handout for the corporate and financial elite.

Officials estimate one quarter of homes in Florida Keys destroyed by Hurricane Irma

By Niles Niemuth, 13 September 2017

Millions remained without power across Florida and Georgia on Tuesday as officials surveyed the damage in the Florida Keys in Irma's aftermath.

South Asian floods: Death toll climbs to 1,300

By Arun Kumar, 13 September 2017

Despite countless warnings, India’s government and state administrations were totally unprepared for the floods.

Thirteen million without power, seven dead after Hurricane Irma wreaks havoc in Florida

By Niles Niemuth, 12 September 2017

Some areas of the state are expected to be without power for weeks, as significant sections of the state’s power infrastructure will have to be rebuilt.

Petrochemical giants dumped deadly carcinogens during Hurricane Harvey

By Gary Joad, 12 September 2017

As Hurricane Harvey bore down on Texas, scores of plants owned by ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron and other corporations released deadly toxins into the atmosphere.

Millions face devastation from Hurricane Irma in southwest Florida, Tampa metro area

By Patrick Martin, 11 September 2017

The destruction accompanying the huge storm is not merely a natural disaster, but a measure of the crisis of American society.

Caribbean islands devastated by storm surge, winds, rain

By our reporter, 11 September 2017

The worst impact of Hurricane Irma was in Lesser Antilles and the US and British Virgin Islands.

Why was American capitalism unable to prepare for Hurricane Irma?

By Niles Niemuth, 11 September 2017

As Hurricane Irma wreaks havoc on Florida, the failure to adequately prepare for the storm and protect those in its path has exposed the irrationality of American capitalism.

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey: Natural disaster and political breakdown

By Patrick Martin, 9 September 2017

In its response to Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and other natural disasters, American capitalism has demonstrated its bankruptcy as a social system.

Why aren’t trains evacuating people from the path of Hurricane Irma?

By Jeff Lusanne, 9 September 2017

Hundreds of thousands need to flee the path of Hurricane Irma. Instead of fleets of trains carrying them away, residents are left to fend for themselves in their own cars on congested roads.

Hurricane Irma heads towards Florida after tearing through the Caribbean

By Matthew Taylor, 8 September 2017

Florida residents are bracing for Hurricane Irma, which has already killed at least 14 people and left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean.

Miles of devastation along Braes Bayou in Houston

A Hurricane Harvey diary: Part 3

By Charles Abelard, 7 September 2017

A reader who has lived in Houston for four decades surveys some of the damage left behind by unprecedented flood waters along the Braes Bayou.

Long-term threats to public health follow in Hurricane Harvey’s wake

By Gary Joad, 7 September 2017

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina points to the long-term threats to public health which will follow in Hurricane Harvey’s wake in the greater Houston area and throughout southeast Texas.

Civil engineers’ reports on US flood preparedness: Lessons of Katrina and Sandy ignored

By Don Barrett, 6 September 2017

The two reports portray a system in complete chaos, with dozens of local and federal agencies struggling even to maintain levees and pumping stations.

Media and political establishment begin to move on as Houston residents return to devastated city

By Tom Hall, 5 September 2017

As the floodwaters begin to recede, the ruling class is moving to bury the social disaster that has only begun to unfold in Southeast Texas.

Hurricane Harvey to be costliest US natural disaster

By Patrick Martin, 4 September 2017

With published estimates approaching $200 billion, Hurricane Harvey may have caused damage greater than Katrina and Sandy combined.

“The working class has organized to save the working class”

A Hurricane Harvey diary: Part 2

By Charles Abelard, 4 September 2017

A reader who has lived in Houston for four decades describes the impact of the storm, the rescue efforts organized by workers and runaway real estate development that has left the city vulnerable to flooding.

Fetid floodwaters in the “chemical coast” carry toxins and disease

The incalculable human health consequences of Hurricane Harvey

By Gary Joad, 2 September 2017

The flooding in Houston, the acknowledged petrochemical capital of the world, has unleashed a toxic soup of chemicals, carcinogens and bacteria, posing a grave threat to human life.

A Hurricane Harvey diary

Part one

By Charles Abelard, 2 September 2017

The author is a member of the Socialist Equality Party who lived in Houston proper for 38 years and still lives in the area.

Who will pay for the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey?

By Joseph Kishore, 2 September 2017

The consequences of what by some measures is the greatest natural disaster in American history will be far-reaching, not only for the millions of people directly affected, but for social and political stability in the United States .

Death toll expected to rise as chemical explosions add to devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey

By Niles Niemuth, 1 September 2017

Officials at every level of government continue to congratulate themselves on their response to the storm, while the endless media commentary avoids any discussion of those responsible for the disaster.

“I grew to call the oil industry the rape, pillage and plunder industry”

Former Shell Oil civil engineer and Berkeley Professor Emeritus Robert Bea speaks on Hurricane Harvey

By Barry Grey, 1 September 2017

Robert Bea, a retired civil engineer, has had a long career in the fields of flood control and risk assessment and management.

More than 80 percent of homeowners impacted by Harvey lack flood insurance

By Niles Niemuth, 1 September 2017

Despite rapid development and expansion in recent years, Harris County, where Houston is located, has 25,000 fewer properties covered by flood insurance than in 2012.

Government indifference leads to vast death toll in South Asian floods

By Arun Kumar, 1 September 2017

Despite regular floods and monsoons, governments in India, Bangladesh and Nepal have not implemented any serious measures to protect ordinary people.

Flooding continues to inundate Gulf Coast as Harvey makes landfall in Louisiana

By Niles Niemuth, 31 August 2017

Hurricane Harvey is expected to far surpass any previous storm as the costliest in American history, with at least $190 billion in damage, equivalent to one percent of the national GDP.

Deportation fears prevent many Houston immigrants from seeking emergency shelter

By Eric London, 31 August 2017

Immigrants are risking rising flood waters because of anti-immigrant maneuvers and false reports of deportations at evacuation sites.

The working class responds to Hurricane Harvey

By Joseph Kishore, 31 August 2017

The self-sacrifice and organizational initiative of the working class in response to the hurricane make a powerful case for independent workers’ organizations and workers’ control over economic and social life.

Lessons of Hurricane Katrina

31 August 2017

The World Socialist Web Site pamphlet on the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago is critical reading in light of the current catastrophe in Texas.

As Trump gloats over “success” of government response to Hurricane Harvey

Reservoir breaches in Houston threaten more death and destruction

By Kate Randall, 30 August 2017

While floodwaters continued to rise in Houston, Governor Abbott and President Trump praised one another and hailed the government response to the disaster.

The Houston flood, the anarchy of the capitalist market and the case for socialist planning

By Niles Niemuth, 30 August 2017

Twelve years after Katrina, nothing has been done to strengthen flood control systems and build up the social infrastructure to limit the impact of major storms.

Government negligence exacerbates Hurricane Harvey damage in Houston, Texas

By Charles Abelard in Houston and Jerry White, 29 August 2017

Emergency shelters, hastily established by authorities in Houston, are overflowing with at least 30,000 residents, while at least nine deaths are blamed on the storm.

The Houston flood disaster: A social crime of the American oligarchy

By Barry Grey, 29 August 2017

Catastrophes such as Hurricane Harvey are the product of a half-century of neglect of America’s social infrastructure, accompanied by a fantastic accumulation of private wealth at the very apex of society.

Houston residents speak out on historic flooding from Hurricane Harvey

By Trévon Austin, 29 August 2017

Stories of devastation along the Gulf Coast continue to emerge three days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas.

Flooding in New Orleans points to climate change, poor infrastructure

By E.P. Milligan and Aaron Murch, 8 August 2017

A rainstorm dumped 10 inches of rain in some portions of the city over a three-hour span.

Manitoba government leaves Churchill residents in limbo after flood cuts rail link

By Jeff Lusanne, 26 June 2017

A month after a railroad to remote Churchill, Manitoba was damaged by flooding, residents face skyrocketing prices.

Floods devastate Bangladesh and parts of India, killing more than 185

By Rohantha De Silva, 26 June 2017

Those most affected are the rural poor, low-wage workers and rickshaw pullers living in flood- and landslide-prone areas, where living costs are relatively low.

California and federal government ignored numerous warnings about Oroville Dam

By Ben McGrath, 21 February 2017

The Department of Water Resources is engaged in a cover-up of its failure to address basic safety issues that imperiled the lives of thousands of people.

Crumbling California dam forces 188,000 to evacuate as threat of major flood looms

By Ben McGrath, 14 February 2017

The state government ignored clear warnings of an impending disaster at the Oroville dam and gave residents just one hour to evacuate when the emergency spillway began to fail.

Deadly floods in North Carolina overwhelmingly affect state’s poorest residents

By Shelley Connor, 15 October 2016

A slowly unwinding catastrophe is ravaging the US state of North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, killing at least 24 people and leaving thousands homeless.

US death toll rises in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

By Nick Barrickman, 13 October 2016

As many as 38 people have died in the US and tens of thousands continue to be impacted in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which came ashore late last week.

Obama offers pittance to flood victims in Louisiana

By David Brown, 24 August 2016

In perfunctory remarks in Louisiana, Obama told victims to look to private charities and volunteers.

“I don’t expect the government to do a damn thing”

Louisiana flood victims speak out

By Aaron Asa and Tom Hall, 24 August 2016

WSWS reporters traveled to Livingston Parish, Louisiana and spoke to flood victims who are stranded at an emergency shelter after historic floods destroyed more than 40,000 homes.

Government indifference in the midst of historic Louisiana flooding

By Tom Hall, 20 August 2016

The federal government has promised only paltry sums to compensate flood victims, while Obama has delayed any visit until after his lavish vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.

The Louisiana flooding—a failure of American capitalism

By Patrick Martin, 17 August 2016

Eleven years after Hurricane Katrina, the social infrastructure and the US political system are no more prepared for a natural disaster.

Louisiana: Seven dead, tens of thousands forced to flee as region braces for more flooding

By Aaron Asa, 16 August 2016

The federal government issued a disaster declaration as more than 20,000 people were rescued from stranded homes and vehicles.

At least four dead, 18,000 rescued in historic flooding in Louisiana

By Tom Hall, 15 August 2016

A slow-moving weather system dumped record levels of rainfall on southern Louisiana, flooding thousands of homes and forcing thousands to flee to temporary shelters.

Widespread destruction in China following floods

By Ben McGrath, 9 July 2016

At least 186 people have been killed, dozens remain missing and 32 million people have been affected overall.

Video: West Virginia coal miners discuss social crisis with SEP presidential candidate Jerry White

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 9 July 2016

Southern West Virginia, which holds a special place in the history of the class struggle in the US, is today mired in depression-like conditions.

West Virginia flood highlights impact of budget cuts, decayed infrastructure

By Naomi Spencer, 5 July 2016

Federal and state agencies ignored warnings about inadequate flood protections, home-building standards and the impact of logging and mining.

The West Virginia floods and America's class divide

By Jerry White, 29 June 2016

While the immediate trigger for the floods was record-setting rainfall, like all natural disasters, the extent of the damage and its human impact were determined by conditions that are man-made.

Southern West Virginia communities devastated by flash floods

By Joe McGee, 27 June 2016

Remote towns in the mountainous coalfield region of the state are assessing the destruction from last week’s historic flooding.

Death toll climbs to 49 in US snowstorm

By Tom Hall, 29 January 2016

The fatalities continue to mount as local officials in Washington, DC struggle to bring the city’s decaying infrastructure back on line.

India: Heavy rains and floods kill over 100 in Tamil Nadu

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 21 November 2015

The flood situation in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu is an indictment not only of the ruling AIADMK but also the opposition DMK.

Extensive damage left in wake of historic South Carolina flood

By Rosa Shahnazarian and Hiram Lee, 9 October 2015

The flooding has led to numerous water line breaks and sewage spills throughout the state, prompting boil water advisories in many counties.

The flooding in South Carolina and the decay of social infrastructure

By Andre Damon, 7 October 2015

The provision of basic infrastructure and disaster preparedness is impossible in a country dominated by a ruling elite whose overriding concern is plunder at home and abroad.

Historic flooding in South Carolina leaves fourteen dead

By Rosa Shahnazarian and Hiram Lee, 7 October 2015

In addition to loss of life, current estimates report that flooding has already caused more than $1 billion in damage.

Record storms, flooding continue to ravage Texas and Oklahoma

By Charles Abelard, 30 May 2015

The response of state and federal authorities has thus far been minimal, leaving thousands of the displaced to fend for themselves.

Historic flooding in Texas and Oklahoma

By Charles Abelard, 27 May 2015

Unprecedented downpours caused life-threatening flooding conditions across Texas and Oklahoma, with at least twelve people missing and eight killed.

Flash flooding forces thousands to flee in Texas, Oklahoma

By Thomas Gaist, 26 May 2015

Record-breaking rainfall in typically dry areas of Texas, Oklahoma and other states has flooded entire residential areas, leading to at least fifteen deaths.

Floods in South Asia kill hundreds

By Wimal Perera, 18 September 2014

The rivalry among various states in South Asia, rooted in the 1947 communal partition of the sub-continent, has prevented any coordinated effort to control the flooding.

Officials rejected plan to relocate homeowners years before Washington state mudslide

By Christine Schofelt, 8 April 2014

In the past week, revelations have emerged about the use of decades-old maps in the issuing of logging permits above the towns of Oso and Darrington, the area buried by the fatal March 22 mudslide.

At least 18 dead in Washington mudslide, dozens still missing

By Christine Schofelt, 31 March 2014

Once again, a natural disaster has been made far worse by a lack of planning and infrastructure.

West Virginia residents speak out on chemical disaster

By Clement Daly and Samuel Davidson, 18 January 2014

While water service is slowly being restored in nine West Virginia counties following last Thursday’s chemical spill, hardships remain for 300,000 people who have been affected.

UK Environment Agency warns of job cuts

By Paul Mitchell, 16 January 2014

Severe flooding across Britain has led to the loss of seven lives and massive damage to property.

Death toll at six in Colorado flooding

By Charles Abelard, 20 September 2013

Six deaths are confirmed in the Colorado flooding, as door-to-door searches for hundreds of missing people begin, and concern rises over pollution.