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Award seeks to find our most resilient Queenslanders

THE search is on across regional Queensland for community-minded people who have helped their regions recover and become more resilient following natural disasters. Applications are now open for the Get Ready Queensland-Resilient Australia Awards. The awards recognise and promote initiatives across Queensland that support and strengthen community disaster resilience as well as encouraging excellence and innovation across all sectors of society. Queensland Disaster Recovery co-ordinator Kevin Guteridge said on Wednesday much of the success of the recovery in regional Queensland from last year’s floods was due to community spirit…


Floods inflict grievous blow on frail Balkan economies

A man carries belongings recovered from his house Credit: Reuters/Dado Ruvic

A man carries belongings recovered from his house
Credit: Reuters/Dado Ruvic

When the waters receded, hundreds of employees at the paper and pulp factory in the Bosnian town of Maglaj turned up for work. Armed with shovels, they began to clear the mud that caked the Natron Hayat mill, where machinery had sat for days submerged under three metres of water. The factory was wrecked, and barely a house in the town around it was left untouched by the worst floods to hit the Balkans in living memory. Maglaj was a picture of destruction, and of the economic toll on a region woefully unfit to foot the bill…


A Satellite View of a Cyclone That’s Forming Right Now

satelite viewThe image of the Bay of Bengal above was taken early this morning by the Suomi-NPP satellite. According to NOAA, this is what it looks like when there’s a good chance a cyclone is about to form. As of 3:30 a.m. ET this morning, the Joint Typhoon Waring Center reports that “a significant tropical cyclone is possible in the Bay of Bengal within the next 12 – 24 hours.” The image shows convective bands, the curved stripes of clouds that are a familiar sight in satellite images of cyclones.The banding indicates a circulation center may be coming together. Warm sea surface temperatures in the Bay of Bengal could also help a full-blown cyclone to develop…


Resilience in the Philippines in the Face of Natural Calamities

As the Government of the Philippines and numerous relief organizations work together to move beyond the immediate response to the disaster-stricken areas and embark on the longer-term recovery process, the challenge will be how well they can realize the vision of “building back better” in order to have communities in a stronger position to withstand the unforgiving nature of these disasters. This approach to humanitarian assistance has grown as best practices have been captured during other disaster relief operations, from carrying out reconstruction that properly accounts for future hazards and addressing the urgent need to restore livelihoods. Being situated in the “Pacific Ring of Fire” and expecting future natural calamities, the approach of managing disaster risk reduction has been embraced from national authorities down to many local government units…


Resilience is South Africa’s weakness

Resilience isn’t really something to be proud of – it is a trait which can be handy at times, but more often than not it really just means we don’t do anything real about our problems. Stellenbosch University has stopped evening tests and exams, because some thugs kidnapped one of their students from the parking lot. The thing that got me in the report was the following paragraph: “Prof Arnold Schoonwinkel said a distinction should be made between attacks that happened to students who had acted responsibly, such as Oberholzer, and those where students put themselves at risk.”..




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