Disaster Management

Florence portends more massive hurricanes in age of global warming

International News       Sep 20, 2018

  Austin: Global warming has increased the likelihood of more massive, sluggish storms like Florence, capable of dropping record amounts of rain and causing the type of catastrophic flooding that crippled North and South Carolina this week, experts said.   Most meteorologists agree that climate change can...

Insurers brace for another round of catastrophe losses from Hurricane Florence

International News       Sep 12, 2018

  (Reuters) - U.S. insurers are bracing for what could be $20 billion in losses as Hurricane Florence barrels toward the Carolinas and Virginia, bringing punishing rains and potentially deadly flooding.   Hurricane Florence, on track to become the first Category 4 storm to make a direct...

Record numbers of named Hurricanes form in Pacific, with much quieter Atlantic

International News       Sep 04, 2018

  Hurricanes in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans follow a see-saw pattern — when one region is down, the other is usually up. And with the Atlantic quiet this year, the Pacific is setting records.   There’s been a parade of 14 named storms in the Eastern...

Over 1,400 lives lost due to rains, floods so far this monsoon: Home Ministry

Indian News       Sep 03, 2018

  New Delhi: Over 1,400 people, including 488 in Kerala, have lost their lives due to rains, floods and landslides in 10 states so far in the monsoon season, the Home Ministry said Monday.    According to the ministry's National Emergency Response Centre (NERC), 488 people have...

Kerala requires Rs 30K cr for rebuilding: Finance Minister Thomas Isaac

Indian News       Sep 03, 2018

  Thiruvananthapuram: Flood -battered Kerala needs Rs 30,000 crore to rebuild, Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said on Monday.  "We require Rs 20,000 for capital expenditure and Rs 10,000 for revenue expenditure," Isaac told, adding it would be raised through various means, including cash and kind.  The...

Centre refutes Kerala CM's charge, says IMD issued warnings

Indian News       Sep 03, 2018

  New Delhi: The Centre said on Monday that the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued necessary severe weather warnings for Kerala rains last month, refuting the charge that there were lapses on its part. IMD representatives apprised the state authorities about the strong monsoon conditions...

AV Girija Kumar, CMD, OIC, handing over a cheque of Rs 1 cr for Kerala flood relief to state's CM Pinarayi Vjayan  

483 dead, flood loss more than Kerala's annual outlay: Kerala CM

Indian News       Aug 30, 2018

  THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala flood disaster has claimed 483 lives and the estimated value of destruction "is more than the annual outlay of our state", Chief Minister Pinarayi Vjayan said on Thursday.  Initiating the debate at a special one-day session of the Assembly to discuss the...

IBM partners with Indian tech firms for solutions to tackle natural disasters

Indian News       Aug 29, 2018

  New Delhi: IBM today said it has partnered with a host of organisations, including Invest India, Wipro, and IT body Nasscom for its 'Call for Code' initiative that aims to build global solutions for disaster management. Announced in May this year, 'Call for Code' is...

Extreme Weather Risk Grows as Warming Earth Disrupts High-Altitude Winds: Study

International News       Aug 22, 2018

  Scorching summer heatwaves and downpours are set to become more extreme in the northern hemisphere as global warming makes weather patterns linger longer in the same place, scientists said.   They said there was a risk of “extreme extremes” in North America, Europe and parts of...

NASA tracks monsoon rains behind Kerala floods

Facts       Aug 22, 2018

  Washington: NASA has released a video created using satellite data that provides an estimate of the intense rainfall over India in the past week and shows the spread of the resulting severe flooding in Kerala and parts of Karnataka. The summer monsoon is a regular...

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