Business takes lead on climate disasters

Japan provides $1.6-b grant to boost disaster communication

Jamaica’s communication capability before, during and after disasters is being significantly boosted through a J$1.6-billion (¥1.39-billion/US$12.58-million) grant from the Government of Japan.

The provision, to be disbursed to the Government of Jamaica over four years, will be used to purchase and procure equipment and other inputs to implement the ‘Improvement of Emergency Communication System Project’.  It was facilitated through negotiations between the government and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

To be executed by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), the project will provide…


Business takes lead on climate disasters

At the back of their property down the road from South Golden Beach in northern New South Wales, Carole and John Cannon are trying to work out how to get their washing machine out of the creek.

There’s a day bed in a tree nearby and an outdoor setting – heavy wooden table, chairs and umbrella – scattered somewhere in the bush. Like many others, they’re without power and hot water and the sewer pump has blown.

“I’m just grateful that all of my family’s alright,” Carole Cannon says, as she and her husband and their neighbours pile sodden and smashed furniture in the street for collection…


Cyclone Debbie: Why was aftermath deadlier than storm itself?

debbie aftermath
The cyclone damaged buildings including a marina in Queensland

In Australia, a land of wild extremes, recent flooding caused by Cyclone Debbie has killed at least six people, including a mother who drowned beside her two young children when their car veered into a swollen river.

Natural disaster consequences can be unpredictable. When Debbie, a category four system, slammed into the Queensland coast 11 days ago, remarkably there were no fatalities in its immediate aftermath and few serious injuries were reported.

Through flying debris unleashed by violent winds that wrecked homes and businesses, communities around the Whitsunday holiday region felt the full force of what was labelled a “monster” cyclone…


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