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 The roofs of flooded cars are seen in the river Berre at Portel les Corbieres, southern France. Photograph: AP  Source: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/30/five-dead-thousands-evacuated-severe-southern-france-floods

The roofs of flooded cars are seen in the river Berre at Portel les Corbieres, southern France. Photograph: AP
Source: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/30/five-dead-thousands-evacuated-severe-southern-france-floods

 

Five dead after heavy storms in south of France

At least five people have died after heavy storms in the south of France close to the border with Spain. The latest victim was a 73-year-old man who died of heart failure while driving through flooded roads in the Pyrenees-Orientales region. On Sunday, the equivalent of a month’s worth of rain fell in one day. More than 3,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes…

 

This Eye-Opening Infographic Shows How Prepared Every State (USA) Is For A Natural Disaster

state of prep

The folks at Foodstorage.com have put together some crucial data about how safe we all are in one big and wonderful infographic. The first graphic below shows a map of the United States and the disasters most likely to hit certain parts of the country. Foodstorage.com also poured through the data to look at how each state is prepared for disaster. This is measured by each state’s disaster budget per capita according to NEMAweb.org. The results are very telling…

 

New UN-backed open-source tool will support community resilience-building

A farmer harvests her rice crop by hand in Timor-Leste. UN Photo/Martine Perret

A farmer harvests her rice crop by hand in Timor-Leste. UN Photo/Martine Perret

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Programme (FAO) is teaming up with a coalition of partner agencies to develop a new data crunching tool to help national governments, development and relief organizations in their efforts to prevent and respond to crises such as animal diseases, plant pests and even conflict. In a news release out today, FAO announced that the partnership, among some 15 entities, has launched the Index for Risk Management (InfoRM), which sheds new light on what drives crises and what communities need in order to face them…

 

Tokyo hub to get resilience upgrade

Mitsubishi Estate Co., the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Tokyo Kaikan plan to construct a high-rise office building in Tokyo’s Marunouchi area that will serve as a base to mitigate the impacts of earthquakes and other disasters. The 150-meter-high building will be constructed as part of efforts to redevelop the Marunouchi business district. The aim is to begin construction in 2015 and open the building for business in 2018…

 

CQ University researcher forges links with United Nations ‘disaster risk reduction’ initiatives

Professor Kevin Ronan pictured at the United Nations in Geneva.

Professor Kevin Ronan pictured at the United Nations in Geneva.

Research published over the past decade has shown that children are better equipped to deal with an emergency if they have been active participants in disaster resilience and education programs. That’s according to CQUniversity researcher Professor Kevin Ronan who is forging links with United Nations ‘disaster risk reduction’ initiatives in his role as a project leader for the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC (Cooperative Research Centre).   Professor Ronan is leading the Building Best Practice in Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction study, which also involves researchers from RMIT, Monash and Massey universities, Risk Frontiers (Macquarie Uni) and Save the Children Australia…

 

 

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