18 dead, more than 100,000 displaced after Typhoon Koppu hits Philippines…and more

18 dead, more than 100,000 displaced after Typhoon Koppu hits Philippines


Flooding unleashed by a deadly, slow-moving typhoon has invaded more towns in the northern Philippines, forcing people to clamber onto rooftops to await rescue. Typhoon Koppu began battering the region over the weekend, driving tens of thousands from their homes. At least 18 people — all but one in Luzon, the Philippines’ largest and most populous island — died as a result, Philippines’ disaster management agency director Alexander Pama said. Another 16 were injured, while one person was missing Tuesday. The storm, known as Lando in the Philippines, has directly affected more than 550,000 people, with more than 107,000 taking refuge in shelters as of Tuesday…


Katsina Trains 5,000 Students On Disaster Risk Reduction

Alhaji Sagir Ibrahim, the Permanent Secretary in the Katsina State Ministry of Education, says no fewer than 5,000 Secondary School students have been trained on disaster risk reduction. Ibrahim disclosed this on Monday in Katsina at the opening ceremony of a one-day workshop on basic disaster management for students. The workshop was organised by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the North West Zone. The permanent secretary said that the ministry had also established Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Clubs in 25 boarding secondary schools in the state. Ibrahim revealed that the DRR Clubs were also established in 200 day secondary schools with the aim of inculcating the culture of disaster management in students…


Study: Climate change adding billions to U.S. hurricane costs

The cost of U.S. hurricane damage has increased dramatically from 1900 to 2005 as a result of man-made climate change, an economic study released Monday concludes. “The rise in losses is consistent with an influence of global warming on the number and intensity of hurricanes, an influence which may have accounted for 2% to 12% of the U.S. hurricane losses in 2005,” according to the study, which was published in the peer-reviewed British journal Nature Geoscience. In 2005 alone, climate change was likely responsible for close to $14 billion of additional damage, including devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. The study claims that the extra costs in recent decades do not just stem from more homes, businesses and infrastructure that have been built near the coastlines. “Increases in wealth and population alone cannot account…



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