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Damage bill for Cyclone Marcia reaches $750 million

Marcia 5CYCLONE Marcia caused almost a billion dollars worth of damage when it raged through Queensland last month. That is according to the latest figures from the State Government, with Deputy Premier Jackie Trad announcing on Monday that the total damage cost which Marcia and associated rainfall caused Queensland was about $750 million, including public infrastructure. It was inevitable Queenslanders would continue to bear the brunt of natural disasters and this is why Ms Trad said the Queensland Reconstruction Authority would be permanent from now on…

 

Malaysia Using ‘Lidar’ Technology To Detect Natural Disasters

Malaysia is currently using a sophisticated system called ‘Light Detection and Ranging’ (LiDAR) to detect and predict natural disasters for managing disasters more efficiently and effectively. Natural Resources and Environment Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Dr James Dawos Mamit said the system was currently used by agencies under the ministry, Minerals and Geoscience Department, together with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) for ‘landslide mapping’ in Cameron Highlands, Ipoh and Klang Valley…

 

The SXSW Robot Petting Zoo Displays Robots That Help Humans Survive Natural Disasters

SXSW is a zoo in and of itself, but the Interactive portion of the festival actually had a robot petting zoo within the event this year. While some may think of robots as scary things that could destroy us all and lead to some sort of dystopian future, the robots in this zoo were created with natural disaster relief efforts in mind. Attendees who wandered into the ballroom at the JW Marriott in downtown Austin, Texas could check out disaster relief drones, stackable shelters that use technology to communicate with survivors on the ground during a natural disaster, and a cute little cardboard robot that could talk back to them…

 

Agriculture Bears Major Brunt of Disaster Impacts

GLOBAL – Nearly a quarter of damages wrought by natural disasters on the developing world are borne by the agricultural sector according to initial results from a new FAO study released at the UN World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction. The Organization also announced the launch of a special facility aimed at helping countries better equip their food production sectors to reduce risk exposure, limit impacts, and be better prepared to cope with disasters…

 

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