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An aerial view of inundated areas of Srinagar city. (Press Trust of India Photo)

An aerial view of inundated areas of Srinagar city. (Press Trust of India Photo)

Healing the post disaster scars

It has been three weeks now that for the state of Jammu & Kashmir, the very water that sustains life has become a curse. Only sometime ago It (water) was everywhere – destroying homes, belongings, savings, livelihoods, families and most importantly faith. It is a long road ahead to rehabilitation, one that won’t be smooth, but the most difficult part will be to rejuvenate what has been lost in a stroke of sheer bad luck… the capacity of the people of the state to feel confident about rebuilding what they have lost to the fury of the floods never witnessed before by those alive…

 

Human-animal bonds in disasters

The recognition of the bond between people and pets is stronger than ever before, but what happens to the human-animal relationship when disaster strikes? As part of a Flinders University PhD, Dian Fowles is investigating the impact of natural disasters on human-animal relations, with the information used to shape and inform disaster management policies and disaster services. Focusing on pet owners and animal rescuers, Ms Fowles has started documenting participants’ experiences during and after several major disasters in Australia, including the 2010-2011 Queensland floods and the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria (2009)…

 

Serbia: Latest natural disasters draws more support

A Red Cross team was dispatched to Boljetin, one of the most affected areas by the latest wave of floods that hit eastern parts of Serbia. Red Cross of Serbia

A Red Cross team was dispatched to Boljetin, one of the most affected areas by the latest wave of floods that hit eastern parts of Serbia. Red Cross of Serbia

A new wave of floods that hit isolated villages in the eastern parts of Serbia last week prompted the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to release emergency funds yesterday, 25 September in support of the Red Cross of Serbia operations in the country. The Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of CHF 152, 646 contributes to the operations in the eastern areas of Kladovo, Majdanpek and Negotin municipalities, where an estimated of 7,000 people were affected and 400 were evacuated by police and civil protection rescue teams…

 

Three homes recognized for features to withstand disaster

TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD A home on Seal Boulevard in Bay St. Louis is an example of recently build homes that are more disaster resistant. The Resilience Star pilot project encourages builders to build IBHS fortified homes with design features proven to withstand natural disasters such as a sealed roof deck, high impact windows and doors and the bracing of gables over four feet.  TIM ISBELL — SUN HERALD

TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD A home on Seal Boulevard in Bay St. Louis is an example of recently build homes that are more disaster resistant. The Resilience Star pilot project encourages builders to build IBHS fortified homes with design features proven to withstand natural disasters such as a sealed roof deck, high impact windows and doors and the bracing of gables over four feet. TIM ISBELL — SUN HERALD

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety recognized three South Mississippi homebuilders Monday for building homes that are more disaster-resistant. In January, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security implemented the Resilience Star pilot project in Mississippi and Alabama to build IBHS fortified homes with design features proven to withstand natural disasters, such as a sealed roof deck, high impact windows and doors and the bracing of gables over 4 feet…

 

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