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Dozens die as Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines battered by heavy rains

Jangmi

Authorities in the Philippines say flash floods and mudslides have killed more than 50 people in central and southern parts of the country. Days of heavy rains have hit neighbouring southeast Asian countries, prompting the evacuation of more than 86,000 people. At least 15 people have been killed in southern Thailand. In Malaysia, nearly a quarter of a million people had to leave their homes as a result of the worst flooding in a decade. The government has come under renewed criticism over its perceived slow response to the crisis…

 

Stoke-on-Trent is the UK’s first ‘disaster resilient’ city

If you’re a doomsday prophet searching for an end-of-days haven, then look no further than Stoke-on-Trent-which has been named by the UN as the UK’s first ‘disaster-resilient’ city. The special status was awarded after council chiefs decided to apply under the UN’s International Strategy for Disaster Resilience (UNISDR). Cities which apply for the status are usually assessed on 85 criteria including emergency response, environmental impact, infrastructure and scenario planning…

 

Tsunami lessons

A huge amount of public spending and NGO funding was put into tsunami housing but the aid was unevenly spread, leaving many dissatisfied.

A huge amount of public spending and NGO funding was put into tsunami housing but the aid was unevenly spread, leaving many dissatisfied.

The tsunami triggered by an undersea megathrust earthquake of a virtually unheard of 9.1 on the Richter scale washed way thousands of people and their homes along the coasts of Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia and Thailand. The Coromandel Coast, southwards from Chennai up to Kanyakumari, experienced the worst impact. The passage of a decade has not healed all the scars. Fear persists and those whose livelihoods lie in the sea are still psychologically stressed. Key bureaucrats showed exemplary courage in the face of adversity when working to provide immediate relief in 2004…

 

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