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A surprisingly powerful earthquake struck northern Thailand and Myanmar last month, smashing windows, cracking walls, roads and damaging historical Buddhist temples. The impact could even be felt in Bangkok and Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. Several dozen people were hurt and a number of families were displaced. The impact of the quake paled beside that of another deadly recent disaster in Southeast Asia late last year. Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, claimed more than…

 

Pacific voice concerns on climate change and natural disasters

A high level delegation of representatives from the Pacific is in the country attending the 6th session of the Pacific Platform for disaster risk management. The meeting is an opportunity for the international community to learn how the Pacific is managing with its disaster risks and climate change impacts. Neil Mcfarlane representative from UNISDR said these international and regional experts are here to listen and gauge how the Pacific region fares to the impacts of climate change and natural disasters…

 

How Do We Bounce Back Better? 2015 a Critical Year for Global Resilience, Climate Efforts

Haiyan_destructionAccording to NASA and a team of scientists from the University of California, significant portions of the West Antarctic ice sheet have begun an unstoppable slide towards oblivion, slowly melting in warmer-than-usual ocean currents that have been eating away at their bases. [Video Below] As the climate continues to change in dramatic and more-or-less permanent ways, policymakers everywhere are increasingly tasked with cultivating resilience – preparing communities for natural disasters and social change. “It’s now more clear than ever that climate change is here, and it’s real, and it’s happening, and people are really feeling the impacts,” said Cathleen Kelly of the Center for American Progress at the Wilson Center on April 23…

 

Addressing the disaster readiness gap – research

A University of Canterbury-led survey of people in Wellington on their evacuation preparedness for earthquake and tsunami disaster showed that most people focused their preparedness on surviving by gathering home supplies and materials and not other essential items. People largely overlooked key needs to make evacuation plans and getaway kits, and misunderstood their resources for resilience, Canterbury health sciences researcher Professor Ray Kirk says. His colleague and former Canterbury PhD student Dr Monica Gowan has just completed a section of her health research about building resilience before disaster strikes, to enhance intermediate and long term recovery. They collaborated with researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, the United States…

 

“International cooperation is necessary to reduce the scale of disaster victims”

The 7th ECO International Conference on Disaster Risk organized by Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations on the initiative of the Economic Cooperation Organization continues in Gabala. Delivering a speech, Minister of Emergency Situations, Colonel General Kemaleddin Heydarov said that strong religious ties, mutual goals and objectives have historically brought together the countries participating in the conference…

 

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