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2011-03-14 17:21:12

A new study in Honduras suggests that climate-related weather disasters may sometimes actually provide opportunities for the rural poor to improve their lives. Researchers found that that the poorest inhabitants of a small village in northeastern Honduras increased their land wealth and their share of earnings relative to more wealthy residents after Hurricane Mitch devastated their village in October 1998. The findings offer a glimmer of hope from widespread concerns that the world's poor...

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2007-09-03 21:00:00

By ESTEBAN FELIX SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras - Planes shuttled tourists from island resorts in a desperate airlift Monday as Hurricane Felix bore down on Honduras and Belize. But thousands of Miskito Indians were stranded along a swampy coastline where the Category 4 storm was expected to make landfall. Grupo Taca Airlines provided special free flights to the mainland, quickly touching down and taking off again to scoop up more tourists. Some 1,000 people were evacuated from the Honduran...

2005-11-10 15:00:00

By Frank Jack Daniel BELISARIO DOMINGUEZ, Mexico -- Thousands of Mexican villagers whose homes were wrecked by Hurricane Stan's flooding and landslides last month are clawing through the mud to rebuild on the same perilous mountainsides. They know their homes are still vulnerable to natural disasters like Stan, which claimed up to 2,000 lives in Mexico and Central America. But they have nowhere else to go and, like many of Latin America's poorest, little hope for government aid after years of...

2005-10-30 23:25:27

By Cyntia Barrera Diaz PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Hurricane Beta lashed Nicaragua's Caribbean coast on Sunday, destroying homes and toppling trees before losing steam overland, although its torrential rains still threatened mudslides and floods. The storm hit small villages along the coastline with winds of 110 mph (175 kph) and torrential rains. No deaths were reported but officials said a boat with 10 people aboard was missing from the remote coastal town of Puerto...

2005-10-30 17:09:42

By Cyntia Barrera Diaz PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Hurricane Beta barreled into Nicaragua's Caribbean coast on Sunday and once inland lost steam to be downgraded to a tropical storm but its torrential rains still threatened mudslides and floods. After pinning thousands of people in flimsy shelters overnight, Beta churned over northern Nicaragua and dumped heavy rain over the Central American nation and neighboring Honduras and El Salvador. Packing winds of 65 mph 100 kph...

2005-10-30 11:22:37

By Cyntia Barrera Diaz PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Hurricane Beta slammed into Nicaragua's Caribbean coast early on Sunday, its powerful winds and rains pinning thousands of people inside flimsy shelters and threatening mudslides. Beta lost some punch before making landfall and a late turn to the south spared the port of Puerto Cabezas from a direct hit. Once overland, it lost further steam but was still a strong Category 1 hurricane with winds of 90 mph (150 kph)....

2005-10-30 09:20:20

By Cyntia Barrera Diaz PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Hurricane Beta slammed into Nicaragua's Caribbean coast early on Sunday, its powerful winds and rains pinning thousands of people inside flimsy shelters. Beta lost some punch before making landfall and a late turn to the south spared the town of Puerto Cabezas from a direct hit but it was still a powerful Category 2 hurricane with winds of 110 mph (175 kph) and torrential rains. In this normally sleepy fishing town in the...

2005-10-30 02:57:58

By Cyntia Barrera Diaz PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Hurricane Beta gained power early on Sunday as it battered Nicaragua's Caribbean coast, where troops tried to rush thousands of people into shelters to escape its fierce winds and rains. Beta strengthened to almost a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 110 mph (175 kph), and forecasters warned it could be even stronger by the time its eye hits the jungle coast in the next few hours. With the storm already lashing the...

2005-10-08 21:45:43

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Rescuers choking on the smell of death dug for bodies in a black grunge of mud, rock and trees on Saturday where a Guatemalan village had stood until Hurricane Stan spawned a mudslide that killed up to 1,400 people. It was one of the biggest tragedies in recent years in Latin America, a region often blighted by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and hurricanes. After days of heavy rain from Hurricane Stan, tons of earth crashed down...

2005-10-08 18:15:43

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - About 1,400 Guatemalan villagers were feared dead on Saturday under a huge mudslide triggered by rains from Hurricane Stan, in one of Latin America's biggest tragedies of recent years. Fire department spokesman Mario Cruz said some 1,400 people had disappeared after the fatal quagmire of mud, rock and trees crashed down a volcano's slopes and into the Maya Indian village of Panabaj in the early hours of Wednesday. "There are no...


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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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