This week, our Observers take us to Indonesia, where a tsunami hit the Mentawai archipelago. Then to Benin, which has suffered devastating floods. Finally to Thai island of Phuket,home to the bloody 'Vegetarian Festival'.
Indonesia's lethal active Merapi volcano erupted Wednesday, after spewing lava and smoke for more than a week. The volcano's first blast came a day after a major earthquake hit the country, triggering a tsunami and killing hundreds.
Survivors of last week's disasters in Indonesia are struggling to survive as aid promised in the wake of a deadly tsunami and volcanic eruptions has failed to arrive. Mount Merapi, which has already displaced 65,000 people, erupted again on Monday.
This week, our Observers take us to West Papua, where locals are subjected to the brutal presence of the Indonesian army. Then, in the United States, one man's fight to give homeless people a voice on the Web. Finally, in France, Marseille citizens are sick of overflowing trash containers.
Indonesia’s most active volcano, Mount Merapi, erupted early Saturday, triggering panic and raining ash over a wide area. Government volcanologists reported that the impact was not as great as that of the earlier eruption.
Indonesian officials have warned that the death toll from Monday's devastating tsunami could pass 500 as rescue teams struggle to supply aid to people still stranded on the remote Mentawai island chain.
Web users comment on the series of natural disasters in Indonesia. The web campaigns for the liberation of two French journalists held in Afghanistan. And the Ebay appartment will soon be opening its doors in Paris
The death toll from a devastating tsunami that struck a group of remote islands off western Indonesia on Monday has jumped to more than 340 amid reports that a multimillion-dollar emergency warning system had broken down a month ago.