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Typhoon Chan-hom: Almost 1 million people evacuated in eastern China as powerful storm crosses coast

Photo: Two people watch huge waves from a balcony as Typhoon Chan-hom nears east China's Zhejiang province. (AFP

Photo: Two people watch huge waves from a balcony as Typhoon Chan-hom nears east China’s Zhejiang province. (AFP

Typhoon Chan-hom has crossed China’s heavily populated eastern coast, forcing the evacuation of almost 1 million people, shutting transport links and devastating swathes of farmland, the government and state media said. The powerful storm could be the strongest typhoon to strike Zhejiang province, just south of Shanghai, since 1949, China’s National Meteorological Centre (NMC) said. It made landfall at 4:40pm (6:40pm AEST) near the port of Ningbo, home to almost 6 million people, before brushing Shanghai and its population of 23 million…

 

Here are five questions about tropical cyclones that you need answered

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Tropical cyclones are an ongoing threat during Australia’s cyclone season, which generally lasts from November to April. On average, the Australian region experiences 13 cyclones a year. But as the coastlines of Queensland and the Northern Territory are threatened on two simultaneous fronts (Marcia and Lam), we’ve asked our climate scientists what we can expect from tropical cyclones in the future, as Australia’s climate continues to change…

 

Flood reconstruction, resilience project: ADB signs $220 million agreement

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Pakistan on Thursday signed an agreement to invest $220 million in rebuilding infrastructure damaged by the 2014 floods, and to increase the country’s disaster risk management capacity. Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar who is also ADB Governor witnessed the signing of the agreement by Muhammad Saleem Sethi, Secretary Economic Affairs Division, and Werner E Liepach, ADB’s Country Director for Pakistan, a statement of the Bank said issued…

 

Pacific ministers work closer on disasters

Pacific nation foreign ministers have agreed to work more closely in response to disasters in the region. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met with her Pacific colleagues in Sydney on Friday, ahead of the Pacific Island Forum leaders’ summit to be held in Port Moresby in September. A report from the meeting called for emergency supplies to be pre-positioned around the region, new spending on early warning systems and greater cooperation involving police and military…

 

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