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Calgary flood of 2013 helped Naheed Nenshi become political rock star

 

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi at ceremony to mark anniversary of 2013 floods. Photo: Photo of courtesy of Global News.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi at ceremony to mark anniversary of 2013 floods. Photo: Photo of courtesy of Global News.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who became the rock for many as water surged through Alberta’s largest city, says his strongest memory is of people pulling together. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi at ceremony to mark anniversary of 2013 floods. Photo: Photo of courtesy of Global News. Friday marks one year since the start of flooding that forced 100,000 people from their homes in Calgary, High River and surrounding communities. Four people drowned and a fifth was killed in an ATV accident while helping a neighbour sandbag. The deluge swept through 30 communities and caused an estimated $6 billion in damage – the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history…

 

Nurses and Natural Disasters

Nurses do what they do because they want to help people. But there is an added dimension when a natural disaster hits the area you also reside in — whether you are on assignment in a new location or it is your hometown. Whatever the cause — tornado, flood, hurricane, wild fire, tsunami, etc. — providing care and comfort to a community during and throughout the aftermath of a natural disaster can be especially challenging. A nurse must remain strong, managing his or her own fear for their own welfare, as well as the welfare of their family, patients, and colleagues…

 

India to Share Disaster Management Expertise at Asia Meet

India will share with the international community the pre-emptive steps it took that saved the lives of nearly one million people when a deadly typhoon hit Odisha and Andhra Pradesh last year. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who arrived here today, is leading a high-level delegation to the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR). He will highlight the measures taken by the Indian government in evacuating about one million people stranded in the two states when cyclone Phailin struck in October 2013.   “Over the years, India has put into place both the technology and mechanisms to prevent loss of life and property damage from natural disasters,” India’s ambassador to Thailand Harsh Vardhan Shringla told PTI…

 

Disaster-prone Caribbean looks to better financing

St. Vincent officials are assisting residents who live close to rivers to move to safer locations.  IPS/Desmond Brown

St. Vincent officials are assisting residents who live close to rivers to move to safer locations.
IPS/Desmond Brown

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, June 15, 2014 (IPS) – A freak storm, followed by heavy floods in December 2013, will go down in history as the most destructive natural disaster to have hit the Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with reported total damages and losses of at least 103 million dollars. Six months later, the country, which is a member of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), is still in the recovery phase of this crisis, but Tourism Minister Cecil McKee said several lessons have been learned, making the country better prepared for future catastrophic weather events…

 

SIBC to have Climate and Disaster Resilience plan

sibcSOLOMON Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC) is one of eight national broadcast stations in the Pacific that will have Climate and Disaster Resilience Plans developed by April 2015. A new project will help broadcast stations strengthen their ability to provide quality and timely information without fail. This timely communication will enable communities to prepare and respond to natural disasters, and to ensure that stations are well prepared and equipped to continue broadcast coverage during times of emergencies, while ensuring that staff remains safe…

 

 

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