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Volunteers who helped victims during Queensland’s two worst recent natural disasters still waiting for recognition

..missing hero medals..

..missing hero medals..

HERO volunteers who helped victims during Queensland’s two worst natural disasters are still waiting for a medal recognising their efforts more than three years after it was announced by Julia Gillard. A specific clause in the eligibility criteria is being blamed for the delay, with critics arguing the award makes it harder for those who banded together following Queensland’s devastating floods and Cyclone Yasi to meet the requirements than those who assisted during the Victorian bushfires…

 

Thousands homeless after floods kill more than 100 across Afghanistan

A man carries his belongings after floods devastated Jawzjan province and neighbouring Faryab province in Afghanistan. Photograph: Mustafa Najafizada/AP

A man carries his belongings after floods devastated Jawzjan province and neighbouring Faryab province in Afghanistan. Photograph: Mustafa Najafizada/AP

More than 100 people have been killed and thousands left homeless by flash floods in north and west Afghanistan, officials said on Friday, prompting desperate pleas for help from the impoverished provincial authorities. Thousands of homes have been engulfed by flood waters in four provinces after three days of heavy rain in what is traditionally a wet period at the start of spring. In the northern province of Jawzjan, the police chief, Faqer Mohammad Jawzjani, said 55 bodies had been recovered, and that the number of dead would increase over the coming days…

 

New York Unveils Dramatic New Storm-Protection Proposals

A rendering of the proposed “BIG U,” which would wrap around Lower Manhattan. Photo credit: The BIG TEAM

A rendering of the proposed “BIG U,” which would wrap around Lower Manhattan. Photo credit: The BIG TEAM

he New York Metropolitan Area’s resiliency arsenal could soon include retractable roll-gates hanging from the FDR Drive, a long chain of manmade barrier islands ten miles offshore, buildings designed to accommodate major floods, revived marshes, fish-filled breakwaters and all sorts of other ingenious interventions…

 

Orangutrans Helps Out with Natural Disasters

SANTIAGO — The recent devastating fires in Valparaíso, that destroyed nearly 3000 homes and killed 15 people, and the 8.2 magnitude earthquake in Iquique, have prompted a nationwide desire to help, so much so that volunteers have even had to be turned away due to their numbers. The main priority has been delivering aid from outside of the cities, to help those left without homes. This is where Orangutrans, a collaborative transport agency, comes in. They specialize in combining different delivery services together if they are traveling in the same direction, reducing traffic and carbon emissions whilst optimizing efficiency and time…

 

Vets volunteer for animal emergency response team

Animals injured during natural disasters in Tasmania will now have their own emergency response team. The Veterinary Emergency Response Team is made up of volunteer veterinarians and will be activated by the Department of Primary Industries in the event of disasters like bushfires or floods…

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