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Cyclone Pam: Vanuatu a scene of destruction in giant storm’s wake

cyclone PAMScreaming winds and heavy rain from an extremely powerful cyclone that blew through Vanuatu have left widespread destruction, with unconfirmed reports of dozens of deaths, aid workers rushing to assess the damage and the governments of Australia and New Zealand preparing to mount a relief effort…


Valparaiso fire: thousands evacuated as blaze threatens Chilean city

 Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest   Flames light up the night sky above Valparaiso. Photograph: Reuters

Flames light up the night sky above Valparaiso. Photograph: Reuters

Thousands of people were evacuated from around the Chilean port city of Valparaiso as a forest fire raged out of control, emergency service agency Onemi said. Roughly 4,500 people were told to leave the city and neighbouring Vina del Mar on Friday. The fire was advancing rapidly, and the numbers being evacuated could rise to 16,000 depending on how the fire progressed, the interior ministry said…


Ghosts of a nuclear disaster: Haunting scenes from Japan’s Fukushima ruins

A 9.0-magnitude earthquake. A towering tsunami. And a partial nuclear meltdown. Four years to the day after disaster struck the coast of northern Japan, killing nearly 20,000 people, the country continues to struggle with its aftermath. Workers show up, day after day, for the painstaking, dangerous and decades-long process of decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Clean-up activities are underway in the 12-mile evacuation zone surrounding the reactor, but a quarter of a million people have yet to return to their homes…


Insurance Council Signs UN Statement on Disaster Resilience

The Insurance Council of New Zealand has signed the United Nations Statement in support of disaster risk reduction released at the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster and Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan. “The conference adopts a new global framework to help governments at all levels better prepare for disaster risk and to improve the resilience of nations and communities to disasters and includes the private sector for the first time,” ICNZ Chief Executive Tim Grafton said…



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