Latest Indian Ocean News

Explorer recounts making the deepest ocean dive in history

May. 14, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Taking the hours-long journey to what is believed to be the deepest point mankind has visited in any ocean was a complicated one, and for Victor Vescovo, it meant being constantly on the alert as he monitored his state-of-the-art vessel. But when he reached 10,928 meters into the Challenger...

Ocean changes affected deadly duo of Mozambique cyclones

Apr. 26, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Warming waters and rising sea levels are affecting Indian Ocean cyclones such as those that have wrought havoc in Mozambique in recent weeks, making them potentially more deadly. But experts caution it is premature to say whether the unprecedented double-whammy of storms to hit the southern...

Mozambique hit by new cyclone; 3 dead, flooding feared

Apr. 26, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The second powerful cyclone to rip into Mozambique in just six weeks stunned residents Friday in a region where such storms had not been recorded in the modern era. Three deaths were reported from Cyclone Kenneth and the U.N. warned of "massive flooding" ahead. Kenneth had maximum...

New cyclone begins to make landfall in northern Mozambique

Apr. 25, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A powerful tropical cyclone began to make landfall on Thursday in Mozambique, just six weeks after Cyclone Idai devastated the central part of the country and left hundreds dead. Authorities carried out compulsory evacuations in cases where residents resisted warnings to flee. Cyclone...

Beijing celebration of building binge overshadowed by debt

Apr. 24, 2019 6:15 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A conference this week showcasing a Chinese initiative to help build ports, railways and other infrastructure in the developing world is casting a spotlight on complaints the projects leave some countries with too much debt. Asian and African leaders plan to press for relief from politically...

Groundbreaking Indian Ocean science mission reaches an end

Apr. 18, 2019 11:29 PM EDT

VICTORIA, Seychelles (AP) — The British-led Nekton scientific mission on Thursday completed a seven-week expedition in the Indian Ocean aimed at documenting changes beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades. Little is known about the watery...

Vineeta Deepak to lead AP's coverage of South Asia region

Apr. 17, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The Associated Press on Wednesday named Vineeta Deepak, an experienced video journalist and bedrock member of its Indian staff, as its South Asia news director to lead coverage of a region stretching from the heights of the Himalayas to the tropics of the Indian Ocean. From her base in the...

Seychelles president's underwater speech: Protect our oceans

Apr. 14, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

DESROCHES ISLAND, Seychelles (AP) — In a striking speech delivered from deep below the ocean's surface, the Seychelles president on Sunday made a global plea for stronger protection of the "beating blue heart of our planet." President Danny Faure's call for action, the first-ever live speech from an...

Off the Seychelles, a dive into a never-seen landscape

Apr. 12, 2019 7:08 AM EDT

ST. JOSEPH ISLAND, Seychelles (AP) — The submersible dropped from the ocean's surface faster than I had expected. With a loud "psssssss" the air escaped from the ballast tanks and the small craft suddenly tilted forward. Within seconds, aquanaut Robert Carmichael and I were enveloped by a vibrant shade of...

Maldives leader's party declares sweeping election victory

Apr. 7, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's party declared a sweeping parliamentary election victory Sunday that could give him a free hand in efforts to restore political freedoms and tackle corruption. Local media reports said Solih's Maldivian Democratic Party was leading in 60 of...