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Camera Drones Are Getting in the Way of Firefighters Battling Wildfires

hexacopter-115100_640Flying an aerial drone over a raging fire can be quite problematic, so much so that it can endanger the rescue and recovery abilities of fire officials. Recently, two incidents created difficulties for fire officials trying to battle a 24,000-acre wildfire in Southern California. The drones were flown into airspace over the blaze that then prevented the department from using aircrafts in subduing the fire…

 

RM2.6m given to natural disaster victims till May

The state Welfare Department has given out about RM2.582 million in aid to help nearly 17,000 families affected by natural disasters and fire as of May this year. Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said RM1.897 million was used to help 13,510 households of flood victims, while RM290,698 worth of aid had been distributed to 3,229 families affected by drought. The department spent RM119,000 to help 66 families affected by landslide and RM13,500 on 34 families hit by wind disaster. It also gave out RM261,500 in aid to 114 families affected by 41 cases of fire during the first five months of this year, she added…

 

Terrawatch: After the earthquake – the monsoon brings landslips

It has been just over two months since the devastating earthquake in Nepal and, for much of the world, the event has faded from memory. But for Nepalese people the nightmare continues and now that the monsoon rains have arrived a new threat looms. Every year landslides are common in Nepal during the monsoon, which usually runs from June to September, but this year is likely to be particuarly bad. Steep hillsides have been seriously destabilised by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake in April and its subsequent aftershocks, and it is feared that the heavy rains will trigger multiple landslides from these precarious slopes…

 

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