No politics over natural disasters: PM…and more

Text messages prepare Vanuatu for drought

A text messaging system which helped communities in Vanuatu recover from the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Pam, is also helping communities to prepare for the next potential drought disaster with the impending El Nino. To help Tropical Cyclone Pam-affected people keep their food supply safe, two separate pre and post-cyclone campaign Text messages were sent to 90,000 people around Vanuatu. In the immediate aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Pam, at the request of the Ministry of Climate Change and the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster, people were also asked to respond to a simple survey about their food supply situation. This helped the Cluster collect data for recovery planning to then guide government to distribute information and help to the communities most in-need. Text messaging (or SMS) of updates, hints and advice plus requests for food security information for remote communities, have been part of an ongoing campaign to assist the people of…


No politics over natural disasters: PM

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Unveiling a relief package for the affected people of the recent earthquake, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led government did not believe in playing politics over a natural disaster. During his whirlwind visit of the earthquake-affected areas, the prime minister unveiled a relief package for the quake victims of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Fata and Gilgit Baltistan. He said Rs600,000 each will be given to the heirs of the dead, Rs100,000 to the injured and those who were rendered disabled would get Rs200,000. He said the government would pay an amount of Rs200,000 for houses that have been fully destroyed and Rs100,000 for partially damaged houses. The distribution…


Evaluating İstanbul’s disaster resilience capacity by data envelopment analysis

İstanbul is one of the most important commercial, cultural, industrial, and educational centers in the world. However, İstanbul is also an earthquake-prone city, and it has experienced many of them throughout history. It is likely to be threatened by a huge, destructive earthquake in the next few years. In this study, the earthquake resilience capacity of İstanbul and her districts is evaluated by data envelopment analysis (DEA) models and returns to scale analysis. The efficient and inefficient districts are determined and discussed, for possible improvements of inefficient units in input and output values. The classification of İstanbul’s districts is applied according…

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