Brazil to sue mining companies BHP…and more

What Pakistan needs to do to improve its disaster management

The Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shehbaz Sharif has admitted himself that Pakistan still needs good governance and every department should play its role in the progress of the country. If Khadim-e-Aala’s statement comes true, then good news for my fellow citizens is on its way…


Brazil to sue mining companies BHP and Vale for $5bn over dam disaster

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Brazil’s government has announced it will sue mining giants BHP Billiton and Vale for $US5.2bn after the deadly collapse of a dam at an iron ore mine sent 60 million cubic meters of mud and mine waste cascading into the Atlantic ocean and left more than 13 people dead. Environment minister Izabella Teixeira said a lawsuit would be filed demanding that the companies and the mine operator Samarco, which they co-own, create a fund of 20 billion reais to pay for environmental recovery and compensation for victims…


Sri Lanka could be hub for disaster relief in the region

Sri Lanka is perfectly positioned to be a hub for disaster relief across the region as the country is well equipped for this role, says a disaster management expert.Dr. Sinharaja Tammita Delgoda, Disaster and Emergency Warning Network (DEWN), Dialog Network, said the country’s hotel sector, insurance companies, media and the armed forces are in place for an efficient hub process.Along with these amenities the country also possesses a wealth of expertise and experience, he said speaking at a 2-day International Disaster Convention held in Colombo this week. He said nearly 50 per cent of the world’s natural disasters occur in this region where 2.6 billion people living in this region are prone to these disasters. This region is also called a Hazardous Belt. Sri Lanka lies at the centre of a region which is vulnerable to floods, droughts, cyclones, earthquakes, tidal surges, landslides and tsunamis…


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