Disaster Management

Fewer severe natural disasters in the first half of the year; overall losses well below the average

International News       Jul 11, 2018

Munich: The first half of 2018 was fortunate in that natural disasters across the world caused significantly lower losses than usual.  According to provisional figures released by Munich Re, overall losses were around US$ 33bn, the lowest level since 2005 (US$ 29bn after adjustment for...

Historic rainfall, floods in Japan kill more than 100; Some factories halt operations

International News       Jul 09, 2018

  The death toll from the historic rainfall in western Japan reached 110 on Monday as rescuers stepped up efforts to clear areas hit by flooding and landslides. Some plants halted by the floods started to resume operations as the affected regions began the process of...

Death toll reaches 17 in Assam floods, over 5.5 lakh still marooned

Indian News       Jun 19, 2018

  GUWAHATI: With six more deaths reported from Cachar and Karimganj districts on Tuesday, the death toll in the first wave of floods in Assam has reached 17 as 5,64,074 people continued to be affected by the deluge in five districts on Tuesday. While the flood...

5.1 magnitude earthquake rocks Assam

Indian News       Jun 11, 2018

  GUWAHATI: An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale today rocked Assam, according to the Regional Seismological Centre.    There was no immediate report of any damage or casualty, officials said.    According to a report of the Regional Seismological Centre at Shillong, the epicentre of the...

Cyclone Sagar: IMD issues advisory to 5 states, 1 UT

Indian News       May 18, 2018

  New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department today issued an advisory to Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and the Lakshadweep archipelago over cyclonic storm 'Sagar'. The cyclonic storm lay centered over the Gulf of Aden, about 390 km east-northeast of Yemen's Aden city and 560...

80 dead, 136 injured in 5 states due to lightning strikes, thunderstorms

Indian News       May 14, 2018

  NEW DELHI: As many as 80 people have been killed in five states due to thunderstorms and lightning strikes since yesterday, with Uttar Pradesh alone recording 51 deaths, the home ministry said on Monday.   Fourteen people died in West Bengal, 12 in Andhra Pradesh, two...

Quake hits Afghanistan-Tajikistan border; tremors felt in North India

Indian News       May 09, 2018

  NEW DELHI: The tremors of an earthquake that hit the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border were felt in several north Indian states including Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan as well as Jammu and Kashmir.   The epicentre of the quake, measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale, was Afghanistan-Tajikistan border and...

Government issues fresh thunderstorm, squall warning for 4 states

Indian News       May 04, 2018

  NEW DELHI: A fresh warning about thunderstorm and squall hitting West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh today has been issued, the home ministry said, and noted that 124 people were killed while more than 300 injured in five states due to thunderstorm and lightning...

Nearly 100 killed in dust storm in UP, Rajasthan

Indian News       May 03, 2018

  LUCKNOW/JAIPUR: A severe dust storm followed by thunder showers hit parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan overnight, killing nearly 100 people and leaving a trail of destruction.    Houses collapsed and trees and poles were uprooted in the storm that also led to power outages.  In...

Disasters could cost Asia-Pacific region $160 billion per year by 2030, UN warns

International News       Apr 25, 2018

  New York: The need is all the more pressing given that only eight per cent of region’s losses are insured, said the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). “The time for establishing solutions to these complex emerging challenges is now,”...

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