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Haiti Earthquake: Five Years After

“On paper, with that much money in a territory the size of Haiti, we should have witnessed miracles; there should have been results.”

“On paper, with that much money in a territory the size of Haiti, we should have witnessed miracles; there should have been results.”

On Jan. 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck Haiti, killing more than 160,000 and displacing close to 1.5 million people. Five year later, scars of the tragedy remain in Port-au-Prince, says photographer Gael Turine, who has spent the last 10 years photographing the country…

 

Firefighting has hardly changed in a century. But bushfires certainly have

Right now it’s the Adelaide Hills. In 2013 it was the Blue Mountains, in NSW. In 2009 it was the terrible Black Saturday fires in Victoria. While bushfires have always been a part of Australia, the behaviour of fires is changing on the back of increasing extreme weather incidents. For our continent, extreme weather can mean a number of things depending on locality – unseasonable storm and tempest activity, extreme flooding, and extreme bushfire activity. Firefighters deal with all of these. But bushfire, in particular, is core business for us. It’s a business that’s getting harder and more dangerous…

 

2014: a warm year for the US and the warmest yet worldwide

On a day when much of the US struggled with bone-chilling cold, federal meteorologists said America’s weather in 2014 wasn’t really that bad. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Thursday that the US average temperature in 2014 was half a degree warmer than normal and that weather was less disastrous and drought-struck than in previous years. While 2014 was warmer than 2013 in the lower 48 states, it was still only the 34th warmest on record…

 

Floods: Prep JKKK for disasters

The Rural and Regional Development Ministry will organise flood operation simulations for all its agencies and village development and security committees (JKKK) as a preparation to face the natural disaster in future. Its minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said with better skills and knowledge, the agencies’ staff and JKKK members could help the authorities evacuate the flood victims, handle them at the relief centres and assist in the post-flood operations…

 

 

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