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Tropical cyclone Ruby (international name Hagupit) heads for Samar island, as shown in this US NOAA animated infrared satellite image

Tropical cyclone Ruby (international name Hagupit) heads for Samar island, as shown in this US NOAA animated infrared satellite image

 

From Dallas to London to Sydney, the 35 new resilient cities – in pictures

Huangshi: part of growing network of resilient cities

Huangshi: part of growing network of resilient cities

The 100 Resilient Cities programme has revealed a new set of cities it will help prepare for, and bounce back from, the shocks and stresses of modern urban existence…

 

Brazil’s São Paulo State recognized by UN for pioneering work in building urban resilience to disasters

sao paoloGeneva — UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign usually recognizes exceptional performance by cities and towns in disaster risk management but today it granted role model status to São Paulo State, Brazil, for its ability to mobilise 211 cities and towns in the populous state to join the Campaign. The four year old campaign now has over 2,400 cities and towns committed to basic principles of disaster management which protect citizens from a range of natural hazards through improved land use, urban planning and strong building codes…

 

Typhoon Hagupit barrels toward the Philippines, threatens storm surges

hagupitRain lashed parts of the Philippines on Saturday as Typhoon Hagupit barreled toward the coast, bringing roaring winds and the threat of massive storm surges. Satellite images show the eye of the storm, which lost its super typhoon status again Saturday, about 250 kilometers (150 miles) off the eastern coast of the island nation. The storm, the strongest so far this year, is expected to make landfall Saturday evening or Sunday morning, local time, over the Eastern Samar to Northern Samar area, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). It’s packing sustained winds of 195 kilometers an hour (313 mph) near the storm’s center, with gusts of up to 230 kph (370 mph)…

 

Resilience at the heart of Australian small business

You have got to hand it to Australia’s two million small business owners; they’re certainly resilient. New research released as part of this month’s Shop Small campaign shows three quarters of small business owners surveyed think business is getting harder, while 40 per cent of them can’t say for certain their businesses will still be around in five years’ time…

 

AP Newsbreak: Bosnia missing project to go global

 (AP Photo/Amel Emric, File)  The Associated Press

(AP Photo/Amel Emric, File) The Associated Press

A Bosnia-based commission that has pioneered a DNA-based system to find and identify the remains of people missing in conflicts and natural disasters will become a permanent global body helping track down millions of missing around the world, officials said Thursday. The International Commission on Missing Persons was established in 1996 to help find people missing from the Yugoslav wars. So far it has found and identified 70 percent of the 40,000 missing people, of whom three-quarters were from Bosnia. That achievement is “unprecedented” the head of the ICMP, Kathryne Bomberger, told The Associated Press on Thursday…

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