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Torrential rains cause Italy flooding

In the port town of Senigallia, streets were submerged and cars were seen floating in filthy water [EPA]

In the port town of Senigallia, streets were submerged and cars were seen floating in filthy water [EPA]

At least one person has been killed and another is missing after flooding hit the Le Marche province in central Italy. The port town of Senigallia, on the Adriatic coast, was the worst hit when the River Cesano burst its banks. Streets were submerged and cars were seen floating in the filthy water. The man who has been confirmed dead is believed to have been suffering from a heart condition, but the ambulance was unable to reach him due to the flooded roads. More rain is expected in the region over the next few days, but the heaviest rain is expected to move southwards, across the southern parts of Le Marche and the Abruzzo province…

 

Philippines: Use technology in building resilience

Senator Loren Legarda urged the use of technology in building the country’s resilience, stressing that making critical information on disaster risks and vulnerabilities available in the Internet could significantly boost the campaign to educate and inform citizens about natural hazards and how best they can prepare and prevent disasters. Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, made the call during her keynote speech at the Google Crisis Response Summit held at the SMX Convention Center on April 30, 2014…

 

Afghans Struggle to Unearth Landslide Victims in Worst Disaster

Photographer: Ahmad Zubair/AP

Photographer: Ahmad Zubair/AP

Afghanistan declared a national day of mourning as rescue workers using shovels and other hand tools struggled to unearth bodies buried in a landslide that has become the war-torn nation’s worst natural disaster on record. President Hamid Karzai ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff as he called for aid and financial assistance. Local officials and residents in Badakhshan province had lost hope of finding survivors after recovering only 15 bodies yesterday, according to Naweed Frotan, a spokesman for the province bordering China and Tajikistan. At least 2,000 people are believed dead after the side of a mountain gave way, burying the village of Ab-e-Barak under 40 meters (130 feet) of mud and rocks. An additional 4,000 people have been displaced, according to Ari Gaitanis, a spokesman for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, who provided the death toll yesterday…

 

‘We Are Safe Here’: Tornado Survivors Share Their Stories Of Resilience

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After the tornado pounced on Tupelo, Miss., one gas station looked as if it had been stepped on by a giant. Francis Gonzalez owns a convenience store and Mexican restaurant attached to that station. Gonzalez, her three children and two employees ducked for cover in the store’s cooler shortly after a cellphone blared a tornado warning. In the nick of time. Within seconds, the wind picked up and glass shattered. The roof over the gas pumps was reduced to aluminum shards. A nearby SUV had its windows blown out. The storefront window had a large hole in it. Debris lay everywhere. “It took us by surprise,” Gonzalez said in Spanish. Stunned by the destruction all around, she added: “My Lord, how can all this happen in just one second?”..

 

The Challenge of Building Resilience

Brisbane-floodsWith statements like “extreme precipitation events over wet tropical regions very likely become more intense and more frequent by the end of the century,” it is easy to see why this report has once again provided much fuel to the discussion of building resilience and adaptive communities. Whether you believe the reports claim that human activity has a direct correlation to climate change or not, the evidence that our climate has changed is undeniable. The Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Australia and New Zealand describes building resilience as “not just related to the ability to reduce the magnitude and duration of disruptive events, but the ability to maintain critical operations and functions in the face of crisis.”…

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