The Philippines government is cracking down on informal settlements along rivers in Manila, with plans to relocate more than 19,000 families from the settlements to permanent housing projects, AlertNet reported. The settlements, which can impede water flow and drainage during floods along rivers, are seen as a safety risk.
Nearly 6,000 people are now “presumed dead” following the heavy rains and floods that hit India’s Uttarakhand region in June, AlertNet reported. The disaster, called a “Himalayan tsunami”, is now the deadliest on record in the Himalayas.
A Chilean court has officially suspended Barrick Gold Corp’s Pascua Lama mining project pending environmental improvements, Reuters reported. The mine project has been accused of damaging glaciers and local water supplies.