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Tsunami evacuation route sign in Piha, New Zealand. 2014 was a year without a single large-scale Asia-Pacific earthquake or tsunami, yet 119 disasters still caused more than 6,000 fatalities and economic losses of almost US$60 billion. Image: ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock.com

Tsunami evacuation route sign in Piha, New Zealand. 2014 was a year without a single large-scale Asia-Pacific earthquake or tsunami, yet 119 disasters still caused more than 6,000 fatalities and economic losses of almost US$60 billion. Image: ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock.com

World leaders and decision-makers from more than 100 countries will gather later this month in Sendai, Japan, to finalize a new global framework for disaster risk reduction which will replace the 2005 Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA). The stakes could not be higher, especially for the countries of Asia and the Pacific – by far the most disaster-prone region in the world. 2014 was a year without a single large-scale Asia-Pacific earthquake or tsunami, yet 119 disasters still caused more than 6,000 fatalities and economic losses of almost US$60 billion, as storms, floods and landslides wreaked havoc…

 

Group calls on govt to pass law protecting children in natural disasters

In light of recent disasters, especially Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, a non-governmental organization urged the Philippine government to pass a law to protect children during calamities and other emergency situations. Save the Children country director Ned Olney said in a statement this week that Senate Bill 2446 or the proposed Children’s Emergency Relief and Protection Act will “mitigate the impact of disasters on education” through proper planning and investments…

Robots march toward disaster response

robotsAs part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Robotics Challenge, teams from several countries will showcase their robot designs and capabilities in multiple events for a chance to win $3.5 million in prizes. The objective of the contest is to test robotic solutions that can be applied during natural disasters to assist in response…

 

Thai floods a turning point for private sector

Sendai – A UNISDR private sector champion today called for the high standards that are typically applied to major infrastructure projects to be the benchmark for the majority of urban areas that are residential and home to small businesses…

 

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