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Citizen journalism: Women’s power against disasters

Woman power: Female participants of the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) pose for a photograph in Sendai, Japan, last month. Courtesy of Oxfam

Woman power: Female participants of the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) pose for a photograph in Sendai, Japan, last month. Courtesy of Oxfam

Upon arriving in Sendai for the UN conference on disaster risk reduction (DRR), the first thing I spotted was a big picture in Sendai’s major newspaper featuring smiling farmers holding delicious-looking strawberries they had picked from the field that were declared radiation-free. These efforts to build resilience helped the community cope with the disaster that destroyed the livelihoods of many when the tsunami struck Japan in 2011…

 

Extreme Weather Cost the US Over $19 Billion Last Year

According to a new report from the Center for American Progress, America had eight severe weather, flood, and drought events last year, causing more than $19 billion in damage across 35 states and killing 65 people. Over the past four years, the report found:

  • There were 42 extreme weather events that each caused at least $1 billion in damage.
  • These extreme weather events caused 1,286 fatalities and $227 billion in economic losses across 44 states.
  • On average, there were 61 presidential major disaster declarations per year because of extreme weather events.

The most expensive weather disaster of this decade, by far, is the Western drought, “which has cost $46 billion to date, according to CAP analysis.”..

 

After flood threat, women victims of moral police

As the flood threat has subsided in the Valley, people are caught in a moral policing debate, blaming each other for invoking God’s wrath. Women in particular have been made scapegoats with some men commenting in the marketplaces as well as social networking sites on the “western dressing sense” of women which, according to them, has angered God. Valley girls who were at the receiving end during last year’s floods have been ruing that the misogyny in Kashmiri society becomes prevalent when the valley is struck by a calamity…

 

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