Death toll rises to 29 in Italy’s historic storms, flooding

Building resilience of 8,250 students through tsunami simulation drills

To reduce the loss of lives associated with tsunamis, five tsunami drills were conducted in five schools in Sri Lanka recently.

These drills are part of 90 drills conducted in 90 schools across 18 countries including: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tonga, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

In Sri Lanka, this regional project, funded by the Government of Japan to strengthen the disaster preparedness of students, was conducted together with the Ministry of Disaster Management, Ministry of Education, Red Cross, Sri Lanka Navy and School development societies, in Galle, Batticaloa, Jaffna and Ampara with the participation of 8,250 students….


Death toll rises to 29 in Italy’s historic storms, flooding

Venice at its best. Photo: Yellen

With the deaths of 12 people in Sicily, the death toll in Italy’s historic flooding has grown to 29, the country’s interior minister said.

“Twelve dead in Sicily, people that were having dinner and were swept up by the water,” Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said in a statement to the press in the northern region of Veneto.

Nine of the people were members of two families dining together when the house was submerged by water from a nearby river that overflowed suddenly, the Fire Brigade said on Twitter.

The Fire Brigade said on Twitter that its divers had found the bodies. Among the victims were two children, 1 and 3 years old.

The Civil Protection Agency said it’s still looking…

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