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Cyclone Pam: Aid agencies report widespread devastation in Vanuatu

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The first aid agencies to reach Vanuatu reported a scene of widespread devastation on Sunday after a huge cyclone tore through the Pacific island nation, leaving thousands homeless. Dozens are feared to have died. Air force planes began to arrive with supplies from Australia and New Zealand as officials struggled to establish the full scale of the disaster, thought to have affected more than 265,000 people spread over 65 islands. President Baldwin Lonsdale said the “monster” Cyclone Pam had wiped out most buildings in the capital Port Vila, including schools and clinics…

 

International collaboration vital in reducing impact of natural disasters

The Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which begins on Saturday in Sendai, north Japan, is a landmark event, write Julian Hunt and Joy Pereira for the Guardian. As part of this process, they hope the meeting will initiate international collaboration into better understanding and prediction of earthquakes…

 

Carnarvon ‘like a war zone’ after Olwyn

Carnarvon “looks like a war zone” after being thrashed by Tropical Cyclone Olwyn, but authorities are hoping to restore water and electricity to the West Australian town soon. Dozens of trees and fences were knocked over, and homes were damaged when the category 3 system tore through the coastal community on Friday…

 

PH disaster-ready after ‘Yolanda’, shares best resilience practices in world forum

After the onslaught of super typhoon “Yolanda” in 2013, the Philippines has since adapted practices promoting resiliency and disaster risk reduction management (DRRM). During the 3rd World Conference on Risk Reduction held at Sendai, Japan, Senator Loren Legarda shared how the country has since implemented programs in DRRM which could serve as models for other countries. “Leveraging our experiences and lessons learned from Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), we continue to improve on the gaps and challenges,” Legarda said on Sunday…

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