Tsunami and Earthquake Death Toll Rises to Over 2,000 in Indonesia

On 28 September, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake and at least 494 aftershocks hit Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The largest earthquake, in combination with a landslide on the ocean floor, triggered a  tsunami that struck Palu Bay and the western coast at a speed of 800km per hour with waves of up to 6m. At least 616,000 have … More Tsunami and Earthquake Death Toll Rises to Over 2,000 in Indonesia

Hurricane Florence: Makings of Extremely Dangerous Meteorological Event

Evacuations have been ordered as the US East Coast braces for Hurricane Florence – in what may be the strongest storm to hit the region in decades. South Carolina’s governor ordered the evacuation of its entire coastline while North Carolina and Virginia have declared states of emergency. Officials say Florence is now a category four … More Hurricane Florence: Makings of Extremely Dangerous Meteorological Event

A Super Typhoon Is Brewing in Pacific and Heading to Hong Kong

Typhoon Mangkhut is forecast to enter Philippines on Wednesday 12th September Storm is expected to bring heavy rains, storm surges A super typhoon is intensifying in the Pacific and is forecast to barrel through the Philippines and Taiwan this week before heading to Hong Kong and south China. Mangkhut, classified by the Hong Kong Observatory as a … More A Super Typhoon Is Brewing in Pacific and Heading to Hong Kong

Scientists: Flood-protection Work in High Tatras Threatening River Ecosystems

Negative interventions to river ecosystems are being carried out in the course of flood-protection work in the High Tatras, scientists dealing with water and fish research pointed out on Thursday, calling on the Environment Ministry to halt the ongoing stabilisation work. Due to the still present flood alert in the area of the High Tatra … More Scientists: Flood-protection Work in High Tatras Threatening River Ecosystems

India – Rivers in Spate, Flood Threat Looms Over Bihar

Flood threat looms large over Bihar as several rivers, including the Ganga, Bagmati, Burhi Gandak, Ghaghara and Kosi, are flowing above their respective danger levels from Patna to Khagaria over the past 48 hours. The Ganga, for instance, was flowing 41cm above the corresponding danger level at the Gandhi Ghat and 18cm above the danger … More India – Rivers in Spate, Flood Threat Looms Over Bihar

The EU Mobilises €6 million for Disaster Preparedness in South and Southeast Asia

As Southeast Asia is faced with the yearly monsoon season and its potentially devastating effects, the European Commission has released €6 million for disaster preparedness initiatives in the region. This funding comes on top of the € 7 million announced in May to support Bangladesh scale up preparedness measures for the rainy season. “From cyclones … More The EU Mobilises €6 million for Disaster Preparedness in South and Southeast Asia

USDA Partners to Improve Rural Water Infrastructure for Nearly 250,000 People in 103 Communities

Projects in 35 States Will Improve Quality of Life and Build a Foundation for Rural Prosperity WASHINGTON, July 16, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $267 million in 103 infrastructure projects (PDF, 298 KB) to upgrade water and wastewater … More USDA Partners to Improve Rural Water Infrastructure for Nearly 250,000 People in 103 Communities

Japan – Floods and Landslides Leave 80 Dead, 28 Missing

     Floods and landslides in Japan have killed at least 80 people and left 28 people missing, according to the country’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA).\ Torrential rain in the wake of Typhoon Prapiroon prompted authorities to issue an initial 160,000 evacuation notices on 06 July, 2018. Since then the torrential rainfall has triggered … More Japan – Floods and Landslides Leave 80 Dead, 28 Missing

Floods and Landslides Ravage Northern Provinces of Vietnam

LAI CHÂU Province, Vietnam — Heavy rain over the weekend (23/24 June) has resulted in deadly flash floods and landslides in many northern mountainous provinces. At least three people have died, three are missing and five others have been injured in Lai Châu Province, according to provincial authorities. Director of the province’s Department of Agriculture … More Floods and Landslides Ravage Northern Provinces of Vietnam