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Hurricane drought in U.S. is ‘a matter of luck,’ new research says

hurricane droughtFrom water to your dating life, most droughts are tough. But in the case of major hurricanes, a dry spell can be a good thing. And the U.S. has been in one for nine years. Every day that passes without a major hurricane hitting the U.S. stretches the current record-setting hurricane drought just a bit further. The last major hurricane — defined as a Category 3 or greater — to strike the U.S. was Hurricane Wilma, which made landfall in Florida in October 2005…


Millions paid to ineligible disaster relief claimants

STATES and territories have claimed from the Commonwealth millions of dollars in disaster relief for which they were not eligible. The Australian National Audit Office’s latest review of natural disaster recovery funding found “strong indications of widespread claiming of ­ineligible expenditures”. It said the Attorney-General’s Department, which was responsible for administering disaster relief claims, had “not adequately protected the Commonwealth’s interests”. “The result has been millions of dollars of ineligible claims being reimbursed to the states at the Commonwealth’s expense,” the report said…


What happens to children displaced after a disaster?

The earthquake in Nepal has affected more than 1.7 million children who require urgent humanitarian assistance, according to Unicef. The death toll from the 7.8 quake is now above 5,000 but the Nepalese government said it could reach 10,000. With makeshift tent cities set up for those displaced, young people are more at risk of abduction and abuse. The global charity says it is imperative that children get protection in these disaster situations…


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