Disaster & Management

Climate change tops list of world’s ‘extreme risks’

Facts       Sep 09, 2019

  LONDON: The Thinking Ahead Institute’s (TAI) Extreme risks 2019 report and ranking, which categorises rare events that could have a high impact on global economic growth and asset returns, has a new top three: global temperature change, global trade collapse and cyber warfare.   The Thinking...

Why are Amazon fires potentially sparking global climate crisis?

Facts       Aug 26, 2019

A record number of fires ravaging the Amazon has drawn international outrage because of the rainforest’s importance to the global environment and prompted Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to dispatch the military to assist in firefighting.   Here is what you need to know about the disaster.  ...

ADB Introduces Contingent Disaster Financing for Natural Disasters

International News       Aug 19, 2019

  MANILA: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has introduced a new financing mechanism—contingent disaster financing (CDF)—to support its developing member countries in strengthening disaster preparedness and provide quick-disbursing budget support following natural disasters.   “CDF will provide a quick and flexible source of funds for developing member...

Catastrophes cause $44 bn global economic losses in H1 2019,only 42% of them were insured:Swiss Re

International News       Aug 15, 2019

  Zurich: Global economic losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in the first half of 2019 amounted to USD 44 billion, according to Swiss Re Institute's preliminary sigma estimates.  This figure is well below USD 109 billion, the average first-half economic losses of the previous...

Floods: Death toll rises to 163 in Kerala and Karnataka; Rains continue in Kerala

Indian News       Aug 15, 2019

After a lull, rains again lashed parts of Kerala on Wednesday while in Karnataka the situation in coastal and south interior regions improved further with a let up in the downpour, as the toll rose to 163 with over 50 people missing in the two...

Over 200 dead in four flood-hit states; more than 12 lakh people affected 

Indian News       Aug 13, 2019

  Over 200 people have lost their lives in the recent monsoon rains in four flood-hit states of Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra, while nine people were killed in landslides in Uttarakhand and Jammu following heavy rains. Also, five people were killed in West Bengal and...

EU fights spread of African swine fever with 10 countries now affected

International News       Aug 12, 2019

The European Union faces an urgent challenge in tackling an outbreak of African swine fever which threatens Bulgaria’s pig breeding industry, a Commission spokeswoman said on last Thursday.   Ten EU nations are currently affected by African swine fever, with particularly bad outbreaks in Bulgaria and...

Hurricane activity could pick up as El Nino fades, say forecasters

International News       Aug 12, 2019

Government meteorologists say this year’s hurricane season may be busier than initially expected now that summer’s weak El Nino has faded away.   The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center said Thursday the Atlantic season looks more active than normal as peak hurricane season...

169 dead in flood, rain-related incidents in south and west India

Indian News       Aug 12, 2019

The death toll in Kerala floods mounted to 72 even as rains abated on August 11 after pounding the state for days, while the situation remained grim in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat where 97 people have lost their lives so far due to the monsoon...

Flood related loss in Karnataka Rs 10,000 crore, says CM

Indian News       Aug 11, 2019

  BELAGAVI: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday said the preliminary estimate of flood related loss in the state was Rs 10,000 crore even as he urged the Centre to release Rs 3,000 crore as immediate aid. .  He was speaking to reporters after...

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