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India’s top 10 natural disasters in recent years & where it stands on the global map

The recent floods in Jammu and Kashmir have caused over 200 deaths and have blocked access to basic services for more than a million people. The government, with the help of the armed forces, has rescued 1,30,000 people. The floods are yet another reminder of the increasing frequency of disasters, increasingly linked to climate change and unchecked development, and India’s inability to cope with them…


Kashmir Flood Disaster – How the Next One Could Be Avoided

Five days of heavy rain in the Kashmir valley has had a devastating impact. Almost 400 confirmed deaths so far across India and Pakistan, 600,000 people stranded and the number of roads, bridges, schools and buildings damaged too great even to start counting. The true scale of the devastation is still emerging but the rolling footage on television news channels already tells a heartbreaking story. The state and federal governments and the army are making every effort to minimize the numbers affected. However, the fear is that the development gains made over the past decade of relative peace in the fractious region, will be undone…


The world’s most common natural disasters by country

most common disasters

If nothing else, California’s earthquake is a reminder that nature doesn’t always play nice. Floods, cyclones and the like take a toll everywhere they hit. But just where do these disasters occur the most?   According to the International Disaster Database, each country is faced with different disaster challenges. Accumulated from the past 114 years, their system tells us what the most common catastrophes are and how to prepare those looking for insurance…


Special Sessions on Community Resilience at SHMII-7

Special sessions on Community Resilience (Topic 8) are planned for SHMII-7, Turin July 1-3, 2015. We welcome your papers on this and other topics. The proposal for these sessions notes: “The 21st century is already marked as an age of disasters. We are no longer living between extreme events – instead we recognize that today we are living in disaster. Climate change, drought, sea level rise along with coastal development, hurricanes, tornadoes, storms, floods, forest fires, landslides, tsunamis, terrorism, de-industrialization and many other hazards have each brought about new levels of risk—testing the resilience of our communities, and the creativity of our disaster experts…


200K Families Affected by Yolanda to Have Permanent, Disaster-Resilient Homes

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said Wednesday evening that the Philippine government has identified 214,367 permanent housing units for communities devastated by super typhoon Yolanda. During the Welcome Dinner for the participants of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Manila Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Management, Binay said that a total of 120,000 housing units are targeted to start construction this year, while the rest (94,367 units) will be constructed in 2015. Binay added that the fire at a temporary shelter in Tacloban City last week shows the urgency of providing permanent shelter to the survivors…


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