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How social media data can improve people’s lives – if used responsibly
In January 2015, heavy rains triggered unprecedented floods in Malawi. Over the next five weeks, the floods displaced more than 230,000 people and damaged over 64,000 hectares of land.
Almost half the country was labelled a “disaster zone” by Malawi’s government. And as the humanitarian crisis unfolded, relief agencies, such as the Red Cross were faced with the daunting task of allocating aid and resources to places that were virtually unrecorded by the country’s mapping data, and thus rendered almost invisible.
Humanitarian workers struggled to navigate in many of the most affected areas, and one result was that aid did not necessarily reach those most in need.
To prevent similar knowledge gaps in the future, researchers, volunteers and humanitarian workers in Malawi and elsewhere, have turned to an unlikely…
Whitehaven says Australia cyclone outages to hit coking coal prices for months
Australia’s Whitehaven Coal Ltd said on Thursday that coking coal prices would remain high for months as supply disruptions since Cyclone Debbie damaged train lines and interrupted exports reverberate through markets.
Whitehaven, whose mines about 1,300 km (800 miles) south of the cyclone’s path have been unaffected by the rail stoppages, also plans to boost its own coking coal sales next quarter as exporters further north grapple with stalled operations.
Five miners in the cyclone-hit region, including BHP Billiton and Glencore have declared force majeure – a clause typically invoked after natural disasters – since multiple landslides and flooding knocked out major coal rail networks…
Disaster relief on its way for Qld farmers
Disaster relief will finally be on its way to Queensland farmers and small businesses affected by Cyclone Debbie, following a public slanging match between the state and federal governments.
The Queensland Government on Saturday announced it had completed all paperwork necessary to secure federal relief grants, which would allow for small businesses and not-for-profit organisations affected by the cyclone to apply for up $25,000 in funding.
The move comes more than a week after a public slanging match between Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad over the delay in getting funding.
Mr Joyce complained before Easter that Queensland had not properly completed the paperwork associated with…