Disaster Management

Cyclone Gaja claims 45 lives, rips through Tamil Nadu coast with heavy rain

Indian News       Nov 16, 2018

  Chennai: The toll in cyclone Gaja has touched 45, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami said on Sunday and appealed to leaders of all political parties to take part in the relief activities.    "Palaniswami said 1.7 lakh trees have been uprooted, 735 cattle died, 1.17...

Kerala floods: UN report says Rs 310 billion needed to rebuild state

Indian News       Oct 27, 2018

  Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala will need about Rs 310 billion for recovery and reconstruction following the century's worst floods, according to a UN report presented to the Chief Minister by UN Resident Coordinator in India Yuri Afanasiev.   Afanasiev presented the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) report to...

India's insurance gaps rise, at $27bn it constitutes 1.0% of its GDP :Lloyd's report

International News       Oct 22, 2018

  MUMBAI:  India’s overall level of insurance penetration (total insurance premiums as a percentage of GDP) has seen a slight increase of 0.2 per ent  since 2012 but it continues to have one of the highest underinsurance levels globally according to new research from Lloyd’s, and...

Train runs over people celebrating Dussehra near Amritsar, at least 60 feared dead

Indian News       Oct 19, 2018

  Amritsar:  In a tragic accident, at least 50 people died and many got injured when a train run over them while they were celebrating Dussehra. The accident happened near Joda Phatak area of Amritsar a short while ago.   A large number of people were watching...

Insured Losses from Hurricane Michael To Be Between USD $6.8 Billion and $10 Billion:RMS

International News       Oct 19, 2018

  London: RMS, a global risk modeling and analytics firm, has estimated that the insured loss from Hurricane Michael will be between $6.8 and $10 billion. This estimate represents insured losses associated with wind and storm surge damage across Florida, Georgia, and other parts of the...

Insured losses for Hurricane Michael may touch  $10 Billion:AIR Worldwide 

International News       Oct 15, 2018

  BOSTON: Catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimates that industry insured losses resulting from Hurricane Michael’s winds and storm surge will range from $ 6 billion to USD 10 billion.   “Fueled by unseasonably high 84-degree sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico and unhindered...

Cyclone Titli updates: Toll rises to 8 in Odisha, Andhra, 300,000 evacuated

Indian News       Oct 11, 2018

  AMARAVATI: Cyclonic storm 'Titli' on Thursday wreaked havoc in the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh killing eight people. Around 300,000 people were evacuated in Odisha and eight districts - Ganjam, Khurdha, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Gajapati Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore - were hit by the very...

Did dam water mismanagement lead to Kerala's once-in-century floods?

Indian News       Oct 11, 2018

  Kochi/Mumbai: Joby Pathrose, a farmer living a kilometer away from the usually languid Periyar river in southern India, was woken in the night by the sound of rushing waters. Hours later his plantations and everything he owned were completely submerged.   “There was absolutely no warning...

Indonesia eyes "catastrophe bonds" as it looks to fund disaster recovery

International News       Oct 06, 2018

  JAKARTA:  Indonesia plans to launch a new strategy to fund disaster recovery, which could include selling “catastrophe bonds”, a government official said on Thursday, as the country faced up to the devastation from a huge earthquake and a tsunami.   The city of Palu and surrounding...

US Senate Approves Bill on Commercial Drones, Airline Passengers, Disaster Relief

International News       Oct 05, 2018

  Washington: Airline passengers can no longer be removed from flights under legislation that passed the Senate on Wednesday, while the government will write new rules to allow commercial drones to deliver packages and get new authority to shoot down dangerous ones.   The U.S. Senate on...

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