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10 natural disasters that shook the world in 2014

Jammu and Kashmir floods

Jammu and Kashmir floods

The year 2014 saw several natural disasters around the world, which renewed worries about global warming and related incidents threatening life on our planet. An Oxfam report in November also showed how Asia is highly vulnerable to increasingly severe and frequent weather extremes and woefully underprepared to manage growing crises…

 

In Indonesia, Natural Disasters Are a Security Concern

Volunteers and officials are still searching for victims of the devastating landslide that hit Jemblung village in Banjarnegara district on Dec. 15, 2014. (PA Photo/Prawira)

Volunteers and officials are still searching for victims of the devastating landslide that hit Jemblung village in Banjarnegara district on Dec. 15, 2014. (PA Photo/Prawira)

Heavy rain has triggered many catastrophes that cannot be addressed by one party alone. What we saw in Jemblung in Central Java’s Banjarnegara district is a fatal landslide, evidence that humans cannot resist the forces of the nature. This is one of the worst landslide disasters recorded in Indonesia in recent years. The landslide claimed the lives of nearly 80 people, while dozens remain missing. Around 570 people have also been displaced from their homes. Local infrastructure was badly damaged in the landslide, preventing rescue teams from reaching certain areas. Economic activities have also been interrupted as many lost their workplaces and livelihood…

 

Regional response system needed in South Asia for better disaster management

Stressing on the need for regional cooperation in monitoring weather in South Asia, Laxman Singh Rathore, director general of meteorology, India Meteorological Department (IMD), said, “We need to develop a regional response system because only then can we save people across the region.”   Participating in the international conference on ‘Professional engineers: Challenges in disaster management’ at Gitam University on Thursday, Rathore said that early warning systems are crucial for mitigation and prevention measures during natural disasters. “Our skill score for predicting extreme weather has improved, but hazard impact assessment and vulnerability assessment is required.”…

 

Lessons from Japan

People are encouraged to get under a table during an earthquake demonstration at the Honjo Life Safety Centre at the Tokyo Fire Department in Japan.

People are encouraged to get under a table during an earthquake demonstration at the Honjo Life Safety Centre at the Tokyo Fire Department in Japan.

This is the second in a series of articles on everyday life in Japan. TOKYO, Japan — As a country situated at a geologically active area prone to powerful earthquakes, typhoons and volcanoes, Japan is highly focused on the safety of its people. After the disastrous earthquake that rocked the nation in March 2011, the equally disastrous tsunami that followed, and with the expectations of other disasters in the future, Japan is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the safety and well-being of persons living in the country…

 

January peak month of natural disasters

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said, based on observation to national disaster pattern, Indonesia has the most frequent natural disaster to occur in January following the high intensity rains during the month. “January is the peak of the disaster occurrence. More than 90 percent of hazards in Indonesia are hydrometeorological ones such as floods, landslides, whirlwinds, droughts, extreme weather and forest and wild fires,” Head of Data and Information Center of BNPB Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on a written statement here Sunday…

 

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