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Cyclone Ita ‘has the potential to take lives’

Tropical Cyclone Ita, which is bearing down on far north Queensland, has been downgraded to a category 4 as power is lost to the township of Cooktown where hundreds are huddled in a cyclone shelter. It is now 105 kilometres from Cooktown and expected to cross the coast between 11pm and midnight, according to the last Bureau of Meteorology report at 6.45pm.


Cyclone Ita compared to Tracy, Larry and Yasi

Cyclone Larry made landfall in the Innisfail area in far north Queensland on March 20, 2006. BOM map shows Cyclone Larry hitting nth Qld with eye over Innisfail. The 100-kilometre-wide, category-four storm brought winds of up to 240 kilometres per hour. Larry brought storm surges of 2.3 metres in Clump Point, 1.76m in Cardwell and 1.34m in Mourilyan. The highest inundation recorded was 4.9m above expected the tide at Bingil Bay. The highest rainfall recorded was 436mm at Gereta Station, while Johnstone River catchment recorded 273mm, Babinda recorded 230mm and Innisfail recorded 289mm two days after landfall…


Global economy endures near $20bn loss from Q1 natural hazards; insurers face $7bn payout, according to Impact Forecasting catastrophe report

CHICAGO, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Impact Forecasting , the catastrophe model development center of excellence at Aon Benfield, today releases the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which reviews the natural disaster perils that occurred worldwide during March 2014. Aon Benfield is the global reinsurance intermediary and capital advisor of Aon plc AON -3.29%. For the second consecutive year, severe drought conditions impacted Brazil, leading to agricultural losses in excess of BRL10 billion (USD4.3 billion). Around 10% of Brazilian farm land is covered by insurance…


We can do more to keep risk of natural disasters in check

A new poll on environmental concerns got me thinking about worry, watchfulness and action. We live in a dynamic region of a lively planet, circumstances that come with both blessings and risks. The dynamism that sustains life and creates beauty can also take life and scar the land, something we’ve dwelt on for days now in the aftermath of the catastrophic Oso mudslide…


Extreme weather prompts National Construction Code review

Australia’s recent extreme weather events have motivated the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) to review construction standards for new buildings in regards to weather resilience. The ABCB Chair, John Thwaites, highlighted in a recent media statement that although new buildings are designed and constructed in accordance to a National Construction Code to reflect the building’s location, constant monitoring and assessment is needed to ensure the code is efficient and appropriate…

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