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'Moses project' to secure future of Venice  source:
‘Moses project’ to secure future of Venice

Dramatic floods sweep through residential area in China as reservoir bursts

A huge downpour has battered Pingba County in Guizhou Province, southwest China, with rainfall over 7 inches (188 millimeters). Heavy rain started to batter Pingba Monday night, inundating roads and residential areas. Rain-triggered flood trapped more than 1,000 vehicles across the county, and rescuers are busy freeing the vehicles out. It is not known if there are any casualties. To make matters worse, a nearby reservoir burst during the rainstorm, bringing the water level to about 4 foot (1.3 metres)…


Venice Mayor under house arrest in crackdown on fraud in anti-flood plan

Italian authorities put the mayor of Venice under house arrest on Wednesday and issued warrants for more than 30 people for suspected corruption over a €5-billion ($6.8-billion) flood barrier project, the latest scandal to engulf Italian politics. The Moses project, designed to save the famed canal city from sinking into the lagoon it is built on, was first mooted back in 1966 but construction did not start until 2004, due to wrangling over its design, funding and environmental impact…


German official calls for compulsory flood insurance

Insurance cover: most don't have a clue. source:
Insurance cover: most don’t have a clue.

Property owners in Germany should be required to insure against floods and other natural hazards, a senior German government official said on Tuesday, seeing this as a way of spreading the cost of disaster cover. “We would do well to introduce an affordable insurance against natural hazards for everybody,” Florian Pronold, parliamentary state secretary in Germany’s Environment Ministry, told an industry conference, despite objections from the insurance industry which sees obligatory insurance as unnecessary…


WB Loan For Bangladesh To Strengthen Natural Disasters Management

The World Bank and the government of Bangladesh have signed a $140 million credit agreement to improve and strengthen critical disaster prevention infrastructure in the coastal areas of the country, the international lender announced Monday. The loan for the second additional financing of the Emergency 2007 Cyclone Recovery and Restoration Project (ECRRP) is from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s grant and low-interest arm. The original ECRRP covered a portion of recovery and restoration costs, and targeted the most immediate needs in the recovery and restoration of livelihoods and critical infrastructure damaged after Cyclone Sidr in 2007. Additional damage from Cyclone Aila in 2009 necessitated further financing for the existing project to help those affected…


How technology can help reduce the impact of natural disasters

Short-sighted design is at the root of much of the destruction caused by environmental crises, whether it is flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis or other natural disasters. Buildings and critical infrastructure have started failing because they were not designed to withstand the rising intensity of Mother Nature. Even though Thailand has a good geographical location and does not face terrible disasters like its neighbours, it was recently hit by one of the worst earthquakes in the North, which left many buildings, roads and significant sites badly damaged. The 6.3-magnitude quake and its 700 or so aftershocks killed two people in Chiang Rai’s Mae Lao district and injured 20. The earthquake was so strong that it could be felt in certain high rises in Bangkok. The Bangkok Fire and Rescue Department said more than 100 buildings in the capital faced the risk of catching fire because they had not been designed to withstand earthquakes…