Disaster & Management

‘Average’ Atlantic hurricane season to reflect more storms

International News       Apr 12, 2021

  Beginning with this year’s hurricane season outlooks, NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationa)Climate Prediction Center (CPC) will use 1991-2020 as the new 30-year period of record. The updated averages for the Atlantic hurricane season have increased with 14 named storms and 7 hurricanes. The average...

Strong earthquake kills 6 people in Java, Indonesia; no tsunami warning

International News       Apr 10, 2021

  Jakarta: A strong earthquake killed at least six people and damaged buildings on Indonesia's main island of Java and shook the tourist hotspot of Bali, officials said Saturday. No tsunami warnings were posted. The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.0 quake struck off the...

U.S. rolls out first update to flood insurance pricing in 50 years

International News       Apr 09, 2021

NEW YORK: Hundreds of thousands of Americans will pay significantly more to insure their homes in coastal areas and flood zones under new rules released on Thursday by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the first major update to its pricing system in half a...

Jérôme Haegeli, Swiss Re Group chief economist

Global nat cat insured losses at $ 89 billion in 2020, fifth-costliest year since 1970:Swiss Re

Articles       Mar 30, 2021

  Zurich: Global insured losses out of natural catastrophes in 2020 were USD 89 billion, making it the fifth-costliest year on sigma records since 1970. According to Swiss Re's Sigma report, released on Tuesday, natural catastrophes in 2020 caused global economic losses of USD 190 billion ...

Australians assess flood damage, accelerate clean-up

International News       Mar 26, 2021

  SYDNEY: Australian authorities accelerated recovery efforts and cancelled more than a dozen flood evacuation warnings on Friday as water levels that have caused widespread damage across the country’s east receded.Clean-up efforts were ramped up across large parts of New South Wales (NSW) state with military...

Climate change set to drive more deadly heat in South Asia

International News       Mar 25, 2021

  Deadly heatwaves in South Asia are likely to become more common in the future, with the region's exposure to lethal heat stress potentially nearly tripling if global warming isn't curbed, researchers said. But the threat could be halved if the world meets a goal set...

Lloyd’s launches pioneering parametric earthquake insurance policy in New Zealand

International News       Mar 23, 2021

  London: Lloyd’s has today launched a new pioneering earthquake insurance policy in New Zealand, in partnership with insurance start-up Bounce, which uses cutting-edge technology and real-time GeoNet data to automatically pay customers within five days following a strong earthquake. The new product Bounce is designed...

No link between Uttarakhand floods, highway construction for Char Dham project: Govt

Indian News       Mar 22, 2021

New Delhi: Construction and widening of roads for the Char Dham project did not contribute to the Uttarakhand floods disaster, Parliament was informed on Monday. The strategic 900-km Char Dham highway project aims to provide all-weather connectivity to four holy towns -- Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath...

Heavy rains in Australia's east bring worst floods in 50 years

International News       Mar 21, 2021

  Sydney: Heavy rains along Australia's east coast over the weekend have brought the worst flooding in half a century in some areas, authorities said on Sunday, forcing thousands to evacuate and damaging hundreds of houses. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the downpour across...

Need chopper landing facilities at eco-sensitive zones for rescue operations: Par panel

Indian News       Mar 21, 2021

  New Delhi: There is an urgent need for helicopter landing facilities at ecologically sensitive zones to ensure disaster management operations in case of mishaps like the recent glacier burst in Uttarakhand, a parliamentary panel told the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. The department-related Parliamentary...

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