Japan group launches website offering real-time predictions of disaster damage

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Brexit has already caused more damage to supply chains than natural disasters and cyber-attacks combined

Uncertainty over Brexit is said to have already caused more disruption to supply chains in the last five years than natural disasters and cyber-attacks combined. That’s one of the key findings of a new report launched today by connected planning specialist Vuealta, which found that 50% of UK business decision makers felt that Brexit uncertainty had negatively impacted their supply chain in the last 5 years.

In comparison, just about 22% had suffered from supply chain disruption due to a cyber-attack, and 19% from a natural disaster. This was despite the fact that studies suggest extreme weather events have increased in the last six years, and a major cyber attack cost a global logistics business hundreds of millions of dollars as recently as 2017.

Other factors said to have caused a negative impact were through the failure of a single supplier (30%) and spikes in demand overstretching supply chain capacity (28%)….


France to declare natural disaster after storms rip through crops

France will declare a state of natural disaster after rain and hail storms lashed a swathe of the south-east on Saturday, devastating crops.

The flash storms, which brought hailstones as big as pingpong balls to some areas, killed two people in France and Switzerland, and injured at least 10 others.

The worst-hit area, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alps region, is at the heart of France’s food production and known as the “orchard of France”.

Didier Guillaume, the agriculture minister, said the government would organise a “general mobilisation” and introduce emergency measures to deal with what he described as a catastrophe for farmers…


Japan group launches website offering real-time predictions of disaster damage

Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Yokohama National University and Aon Benfield Japan said Monday they have launched a free website that provides real-time predictions for the number of buildings at risk during natural disasters.

They expect the cmap.dev website to help users, including local governments, quickly access information about disasters and swiftly establish a response plan.

In the event of a natural disaster such as a typhoon, heavy rain or an earthquake, the website will estimate the number of damaged buildings in each city, town and village, using actual weather or seismic data.

The forecasts will be updated every hour depending on weather conditions. The website can be accessed in Japanese and English….

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