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Powerful Typhoon Vongfong churns towards Japan, injures 20 in Okinawan islands

Powerful Typhoon Vongfong churned towards Japan on Saturday, injuring at least 20 people as it pounded the southern Okinawan islands with ferocious winds and driving rain. The monster storm was estimated to be about 110 kilometres south-east of Naha City in Japan’s southernmost area of Okinawa at 4:00pm (local time), according to the nation’s meteorological agency. Packing gusts of up to 234 kilometres per hour, the typhoon was moving north slowly, at 15 kilometres per hour…


Think ahead for storm season

QUEENSLANDERS are urged to use their home-grown resilience and get ready to face the possibility of wild weather this disaster season. Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey said the State Government and RACQ would encourage locals to think about what could happen if they or their families were struck by wild weather. “In recent times, natural disasters have caused havoc across Queensland,” he said. “They can be unpredictable and it is up to every one of us to have a ‘what-if’ plan.” This year RACQ Get Ready Week will be held from October 13-19 with Get Ready Day on October 19. That is the time for families to make sure they have a plan in case disaster strikes…


Resilience, aid keep ranchers afloat after storm

PHILIP, S.D. (AP) – Mark Buchholz is a man of faith. You have to be, in his line of work. Like other western South Dakota ranchers, he took a drubbing one year ago when a freak early autumn blizzard killed at least 43,000 cattle. But despite heavy financial losses, people in the industry said most ranchers are still in business and doing better than expected, largely thanks to millions of dollars in disaster relief combined with high cattle prices and a showering of support from generous people. Still, it’ll be years before everyone’s square. Buchholz said the aid helped but didn’t come close to recouping over half a million dollars he lost when more than 300 of his animals died…


Addressing Natural Disaster Risks: The Need for Greater Self-Reliance

Following the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011, the focus of Japan’s disaster-fighting efforts has been on earthquakes and tsunamis. These are, of course, serious concerns, but disastrous seismological events occur only occasionally. Meteorological disasters actually pose a more serious threat. Recently we have been experiencing “guerilla rains” with some frequency, but these intensive downpours are highly localized and do not cause destruction of entire regions. A greater concern is the increasing power of typhoons…


Proposed funding changes opposed by State Government

Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail

Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail

BUNDABERG ratepayers could face a whopping $1000 increase to their rates or see infrastructure not repaired following future natural disasters if proposed cuts to federal funding is approved. Visiting Bundaberg yesterday, Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli joined Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett and Bundaberg Deputy Mayor David Batt in urging the Federal Government to reject the proposal by the Productivity Commission. While Mr Crisafulli stressed it was only a draft submission at this stage, he said if the changes to Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements went ahead and saw federal funding reduced from 75% to 50%, it “would leave regional Queensland on its knees”…

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