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Disaster-hit Japan braces for powerful typhoon

Typhoon Jongdari, packing winds of up to 180 kilometres (110 miles) an hour, is forecast to make landfall on the country’s main island on Saturday night or early Sunday, according to Japan’s Meteorological Agency. The storm, currently some 400 kilometres southeast of Tokyo, is expected to barrel towards the western …

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Portugal braces for wildfire season after 106 died last year

The government says that as from today, 13 water-dropping helicopters are available, with other aircraft already contracted for the critical period from June 1. Authorities have enacted a series of measures since last year’s deadly blazes, including a national and mandatory forest cleaning programme. A severe drought last year left …

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