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Death toll from Afghan flood rises to 81 killed

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More than 80 bodies have been found after a devastating flash flood in Afghanistan’s mountainous and remote north, a provincial official said Sunday, as police and villagers scoured the rugged terrain for missing people. Lt. Fazel Rahman, the police chief in the Guzirga i-Nur district of Baghlan province, said the death toll from Friday’s flash flooding had climbed to 81 from 54. The flood destroyed some 850 houses across several villages and damaged more than 1,000, leaving thousands of people in need of shelter, food, water and medicine, Rahman said…


Tulane’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy awarded UNICEF grant

The United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has awarded the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy at Tulane University a nearly $925,000 grant to develop a framework for measuring child resilience and well-being in Mali. Along with local partners at the University of Mali, the academy will spend the next 18 months delving into the factors that promote the well-being of Malian children in order to generate effective strategies and coping mechanisms for children in risk-prone areas. “Understanding the outcomes and factors that help resilient children succeed is a complex challenge, requiring researchers to consider a wide range of personal, familial, social and environmental outcomes and factors that could contribute to the successful adaptation,” said Ky Luu, the academy’s executive director and the study’s principal investigator…


Hacking Earthquake Resilience

In the technology hub of the San Francisco Bay Area, where the threat of a major earthquake is imminent, coping with the Big One means preparation. Luckily, smart cities, the Internet, and urban data offer unprecedented new opportunities to simulate and plan for disasters such a massive quake. At swissnex San Francisco on May 31, 2014, as part of the National Civic Day of Hacking, data scientists from ETH Zurich FuturICT and UC Berkeley Smart Cities Research Center joined members of the public for a 12-hour hackathon aimed at facilitating a resilient local response to disaster…


Mathematical models help understand natural disasters

An estimated 600 people worldwide die every year due to landslides, rock avalanches and mudslides. The underlying physical processes are complex and almost impossible to measure. Timo Reisner from the Depatment of Continuum Mechanics studies the flow behaviour of granular-fluid mixtures using mathematical models. He discusses his work in “RUBIN”, the Ruhr-Universität’s science magazine…


Workshop to launch new international research to investigate disaster resilience of rice farmers

A team from the University of Southampton are working to map which agricultural practices enable rice farmers to recover most quickly from cyclones or floods.Great advances have already been made in Odisha in saving lives during disasters, however farmers’ livelihoods are often destroyed and rice farmers can take a long time to restore their livelihoods to pre-disaster levels. This research will identify which farmers are able to recover most quickly, and why. A workshop was organised…




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