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New program aims to boost drainage on the Sunshine Coast

It's all about seeing less of this kind of pictures:  Photo by Dave Hunt/AAP The town of Ipswich, west of Brisbane, on January 12, 2011

It’s all about seeing less of this kind of pictures:
Photo by Dave Hunt/AAP
The town of Ipswich, west of Brisbane, on January 12, 2011

STORMWATER and drainage networks in three flood-prone areas of the Sunshine Coast will be bolstered through the Newman and Abbot Governments’ Natural Disaster Resilience Program to protect Queensland communities. Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said the works in Alexandra Headland and Yandina would improve stormwater drainage and prevent more than 200 homes and businesses from being cut off by floodwaters. “These are sensible projects that will deliver big results for locals who are sick of waiting for floodwaters to recede after heavy rain,” Mr Crisafulli said…

 

Disaster Pilot Project Seeks Better Alternative to FEMA Trailers

Federally funded reconstruction efforts are under way in South Texas after Hurricane Dolly caused $1.35 billion in damage in 2008. Barry Bahler/FEMA

Federally funded reconstruction efforts are under way in South Texas after Hurricane Dolly caused $1.35 billion in damage in 2008. Barry Bahler/FEMA

Six years after Hurricane Dolly struck a $1.35 billion blow to the South Texas coast, federally funded reconstruction efforts are just now getting under way for hundreds of Lower Rio Grande Valley residents whose homes were destroyed or badly damaged by the storm. Nick Mitchell-Bennett, executive director of the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville, blames the situation on a “long and outrageously convoluted” federal, state and local process for getting help to storm-ravaged poor families…

 

 

California’s terrible drought just got even worse

The fire camp for the Shirley Fire at Camp Nine, near Kernville, Calif., is well underway Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP photo/The Bakersfield Californian, Casey Christie)

The fire camp for the Shirley Fire at Camp Nine, near Kernville, Calif., is well underway Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP photo/The Bakersfield Californian, Casey Christie)

Tough times are getting tougher in California: Wildfire season is already well underway and cities are doing everything possible to conserve water, from ripping out lawns to seriously considering “pee-drinking.” The entire state is experiencing some level of drought, but within that, there are different categories, from “abnormally dry” right on through to “extreme drought.” Oh, and then there’s the absolute worst — “exceptional drought” — and as of Thursday, a full third of California has made it to that level, up from 25 percent on June 10…

 

Disaster-resilient model house unveiled in UP Diliman

Lafarge Republic Inc. has unveiled a showcase house that is meant to combine utility, design and disaster resilience. Dubbed the “Pinakamagandang Bahay sa Balat ng Lupa (PMBBL),” the house was unveiled on Friday at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus. The model house is the culmination of a design competition that Lafarge Republic launched in 2009 in collaboration with the UP College of Architecture and the UP College Architect Foundation for the Built Environment Inc. The P2.5-million model house, which brings to life the winning proposal by Architect John Patrick Buensalido of Buensalido and Associates, occupies a 200-square meter lot inside the UP Diliman campus…

 

Urban risk reduction and resilience

This brochure presents the third of five Programmes aimed to improve coherence, focus, depth and efficiency in delivering the results of UNISDR Strategic Framework: Towards 2025. This Programme will address one of the key underlying drivers of disaster risk: poor urban governance. By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. As cities continue to grow, exposure of lives, livelihoods and economic, social and environmental assets is set to increase exponentially. The local level is the frontline of addressing disaster risk and is where significant gains can be made…

 

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