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Cyclone Raquel forms as earliest big storm recorded off Australia’s north-east

Cyclone Raquel
Cyclone Raquel

Tropical Cyclone Raquel has formed in the south-west Pacific near the Solomon Islands, triggering the earliest cyclone warning on record issued for the Queensland zone. “Certainly it’s a unique scenario,” Jess Carey, a spokesman from the bureau’s Queensland office, said. “Since we’ve been tracking cyclones with satellite-based technology, we haven’t seen one in July.”The storm became a category 1 cyclone early on Wednesday morning and had a central pressure of 999 hPa about 410 km north of the Solomon Islands’ capital of Honiara as of just before 5am, AEST, the Bureau of Meteorology said. It is forecast to strengthen to a category 2 system on Thursday…


Adopt econ continuity plan for quake recovery

THE chief of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has called on business establishments in the metropolis to work with government and other private stakeholders in implementing a business continuity plan in case an earthquake hits following movement in the West Valley Fault. MMDA Chair Francis Tolentino, in a recent consultative meeting with business groups held in Makati City, urged companies to develop not only an individual plan but also an area business continuity management (BCM) scheme to ensure the quickest recovery for the community should a devastating temblor hit the National Capital Region…


IMF meeting on natural disasters fruitful

THE International Monetary Fund’s Enhancing Macroeconomic Resilience to Natural Disasters high-level dialogue in Nadi yesterday proved fruitful for regional participants and world donor agencies. IMF Asia and Pacific Department director Changyong Rhee said managing natural disasters was a very complex problem which cannot have one policy that could solve the issues that result from the natural occurrence. “From the IMF perspective, it is very important to focus on the disaster prevention mechanisms together with the costs that come about when dealing with natural disasters,” he said…


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