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Flash floods, landslides kill 46 in Indonesia

Flash floods, landslides kill 46 in Indonesia

The districts of Purworejo, Banjarnegara and Kebumen are the hardest-hit areas, and most of the casualties came from there JAKARATA (Indonesia) – The death toll from a series of flash floods and landslides that occurred in 16 districts in Central Java over the weekend has risen to 46, according to Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB). The landslides buried dozens ... Read More »

Norway is the first country in the world to ban deforestation

Norway is the first country in the world to ban deforestation

Norway announced a zero deforestation policy in its procurement of goods, two years after making a pledge with Germany and Britain to ‘promote national commitments that encourage deforestation free supply chains.’ Norway has declared a complete ban on deforestation, and has become the first nation to commit to a zero deforestation policy. The announcement comes two years after Norway issued ... Read More »

Iran develops app that predicts damage to trees

Using the Leafsnap UK app to identify a tree from its leaf

Derakhtban’ (‘Tree Protector’) can predict the time of uprooting and damage to trees TEHRAN (Iran) — Iran has developed a special mobile phone application that can determine if a tree is in danger of falling because of certain damages caused by severe climate or diseases. The app called ‘Derakhtban’(Tree Protector) can predict the time of uprooting and damage to trees as well ... Read More »

Bleaching kills 35 per cent of corals in Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef Bleaching Has Killed 35% Of Corals In Central, Northern Regions

This year is the third time in 18 years that the Great Barrier Reef has experienced mass bleaching due to global warming SYDNEY (Australia) – Mass bleaching has killed more than a third of the coral in the northern and central parts of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, though corals to the south have escaped with little damage, scientists have said. ... Read More »

Extreme Expedition: Four climbers die on Mount Everest in four days

Four climbers die on Mount Everest in four days in May 2016

4 die and about 30 other climbers have become ill with altitude sickness, or are suffering from frostbite. At least four climbers have perished on Mount Everest in four days, after an Indian mountaineer became the latest to succumb to altitude sickness while descending from the world’s highest peak. The first person to die was a climbing guide named Phurba ... Read More »

Humanitarian Response Facility in Sukkur to improve disaster preparedness

Humanitarian Response Facility in Sukkur to improve disaster preparedness

SUKKUR (Pakistan) – Pakistan’s sixth Humanitarian Response Facility (HRF) was inaugurated in Sukkur to improve country’s disaster preparedness levels. The new facility will assist disaster management authorities in Pakistan to respond efficiently to natural calamities and emergencies. Pakistan has become increasingly volatile causing unpredictable weather patterns and global warming, making the country prone to progressively intense natural disasters such as ... Read More »

Over 80,000 people to benefit from Angarghoon clean drinking water supply in Chitral

Over 80,000 people to benefit from Angarghoon clean drinking water in Chitral

Rehabilitation of Angarghoon drinking water supply inaugurated in Chitral will benefit over 80,000 people ISLAMABAD – After restoration, the new safe drinking water supply will benefit over 80,000 people in Chitral Town and the neighbouring villages. Rehabilitation of the Angarghoon drinking water supply – the largest and the only source for safe drinking water in the area –  was inaugurated in Chitral today ... Read More »

Thailand facing longest heat wave in 65 years

Thailand facing longest heat wave in 65 years

Authorities warned people to stay indoors and drink more water and beware of food poisoning and other food related illness BANGKOK (Thailand) – Southeast Asia has been roasting in an extended heat wave through much of April with temperatures reaching unprecedented levels. In Thailand, the heat wave is considered the worst since reliable records have been kept in that country. ... Read More »

Fatal heat wave kills more than 160 in India

Fatal heat wave kills more than 160 in India

This is a second consecutive year marred by a deadly heat wave before the monsoon rains INDIA – Indian officials say more than 100 people have lost their lives as a result of boiling early-summer temperatures. Most of the heat-wave victims were laborers and farmers in the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa, though temperatures elsewhere in India have ... Read More »

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