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Extreme weather the new normal in Australia’s disaster-prone neighbourhood

nasa imageIf it seems to you that major humanitarian emergencies are happening more often, you’re right. Extreme weather events like the one that devastated Vanuatu on Saturday are on the rise. Since 2000, the average number of climate-related disasters each year has been 44 per cent higher than between 1994 and 2000 and well over twice the level during the 1980s, a data-based managed by Brussels-based Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters shows…

 

How to help those in Vanuatu

boats(CNN)—Just as meteorologists feared, Tropical Cyclone Pam has pummeled the island nation of Vanuatu. It is the strongest storm to make landfall since the devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013. Aid workers on the ground are reporting massive destruction. The Australian Red Cross said via Twitter that “humanitarian needs will be enormous. Many people have lost their homes. Shelter, food and water (are) urgent priorities” in Port Vila…

 

Malaysia will have more robust disaster management agencies and better alert system

SENDAI: Malaysia is reshaping its disaster management agencies to be more robust while integrating the country’s early warning systems in preparation for possible future major calamities. Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin told delegates at the United Nation (UN) World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction here that the effort will be part of explicit focus on strengthening disaster risk management of the country under the 11th Malaysia Plan to be presented during the current parliament session…

 

Japan understands threat of natural disasters

An international conference on disaster prevention kicks off March 14 in the disaster-hit Tohoku region and it is aiming to adopt a new global framework to mitigate effects from natural disasters for the coming decade or so. the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction through March 18 is expected to draw about 40,000 people from Japan and abroad, including top government officials, heads of international bodies and nongovernmental organizations, to Sendai and other locations in the region, which is recovering from the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami…

 

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