Natural Disasters

  • 6.7 magnitude earthquake strikes off Nicobar Islands 21-03-2014 07:47 PM

    A 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Nicobar Islands on Friday, the US Geological Service reported. The quake hit at a relatively shallow depth of 6.2 miles (10 km) about 68 miles (110 km) southeast of Mishap, Nicobar Islands, in the Indian Ocean, the agency said. An official at the provincial disaster...
  • Earthquake kills over 40, damages houses in southwest Pakistan 24-09-2013 11:16 PM

    New Delhi: Tremors were felt in parts of northern India this evening after an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale rocked Pakistan's Balochistan area. The tremors were felt around 5 PM in the national capital, border areas in Rajasthan's Jaisalmer and Barmer, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. There were no...
  • Reddy asks scientists to find reasons for Uttarakhand floods 06-08-2013 04:02 AM

    The natural disaster which had struck Uttarakhand recently could repeat itself in whole of Himalayan range and it is imperative that scientists find out what really triggered the massive floods and landslides, Science and Technology Minister Jaipal Reddy said on Monday. "We have a silly habit of politicising issues. What...
  • India's flood-prone areas to be mapped - but only by 2022: Official 24-06-2013 06:48 PM

    New Delhi: India will soon begin inundation mapping of its flood-prone areas - the existence of such a protocol could have mitigated the extent of the Uttarakhand disaster - but the exercise will be complete only by 2022, a senior official has said. Secretary (Water Resources) SK Sarkar said the...
  • Centre yet to appoint NDRF chief while Uttarakhand reels under floods 19-06-2013 03:55 PM

    New Delhi: Even as nature's fury is causing multitude of disasters in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, the Centre is yet to appoint head of the specialised 10,000-personnel strong NDRF, the mainstay for disaster mitigation and rescue operations in the country. The post of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Director General...
  • Cyclonic storm Mahasen kills 14 in Bangladesh 16-05-2013 11:39 PM

    Dhaka: At least 14 people were killed today as cyclonic storm Mahasen battered Bangladesh's southwestern coastlines, damaging thousands of thatched houses and forcing evacuation of over one million people from low-lying areas. "All the deaths were reported from the southwestern coastlines where the cyclone hit with its maximum strength before...
  • Tripura to witness heavy rains due to Cyclone Mahasen 16-05-2013 04:37 PM

    Agartala: With cyclone Mahasen likely to hit Tripura on Thursday, the state may witness heavy rains and a gale of 50-60 Kmph, the met office said. "There is likely to be heavy rain in the state in the next two days with wind blowing in 50 to 60 Km speed...
  • Aizawl landslide toll mounts to 17, probe announced 14-05-2013 07:59 AM

    Aizawl: The death toll in Saturday's landslide in Mizoram's capital Aizawl rose to 17 on Monday, as Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla announced setting up of an inquiry commission to probe the circumstances leading to the disaster. Aizawl SP (Traffic) Lallianmawia said four bodies were recovered since Sunday night, while...
  • Can quakes actually calm the Earth? 21-04-2013 05:16 PM

    New York: The magnitude-8.6 earthquake that struck the Indian Ocean in 2012 may have had a calming effect on the other quakes in the world, a new study has claimed. The powerful quake near Sumatra, Indonesia, seemed to have actually quietened the global earthquakes, according to two reports presented at...
  • Infrastructure for earthquake response is scanty: Maj Gen Raj Kaushal 17-04-2013 06:47 PM

    The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was set up with the express mandate to chalk out a response strategy to large-scale natural or man-made disasters. But with the abnormal growth of the cities, with rampant unplanned construction, are India's metro cities sitting ducks in case a large earthquake struck one...
  • Tibet: 83 mining workers buried in landslide 30-03-2013 08:59 AM

    Lhasa: As many as 83 workers were buried alive Friday when a major landslide hit a mining area in China's Tibet region, authorities said. The accident occurred at about 6 am in the capital Lhasa's Maizhokunggar county, Xinhua reported. The affected area of the landslide, caused by natural disasters, is...
  • US: 5 reasons why Sandy is expected to be a superstorm 28-10-2012 10:56 PM

    1. A Northbound Hurricane Hurricane Sandy is moving slowly toward the north-northeast but is expected to turn to the north and west later Sunday and Monday, forecasters say. At some point, it's expected to become what's known as an extratropical storm. Unlike a tropical system like a hurricane, which gets...
  • US: Hurricane Sandy downgraded to tropical storm 27-10-2012 02:56 PM

    Bloomsburg: The National Weather Service has downgraded Sandy from a hurricane to a tropical storm but warns that "widespread impacts" are still expected into next week for the US East Coast. The storm was expected to increase in speed and move away from the Bahamas and parallel to the southeast...
  • Supermoon effect on Japan 19-03-2011 10:17 AM

    Over the next few weeks, with full moon, it looks we are going to see higher tides. ...
  • Are Super Moon and super tragedies connected? 18-03-2011 11:09 PM

    The world is coming to an end. Or maybe not. An American astrologer says the moon will trigger natural disasters on Saturday night. ...
  • Are tragedies and Super Moon connected? 18-03-2011 11:00 PM

    New Delhi: The world is coming to an end. Or maybe not. An American astrologer says the moon will trigger natural disasters on Saturday night. Although some scientists are still skeptical about the same. Richard Nolle who is an astrologer, not a scientist, says that the Moon is triggering horrible...
  • India second in world for natural disasters: UN 24-01-2011 06:18 PM

    Geneva: India ranks second in the world for natural disasters after China, a top UN official has said underlining that unplanned urbanisation and failure to address the issue of climate change pose a grave threat worldwide. The two rapidly growing countries in the world, China and India, rank first and...
  • Hackers help fight natural disasters too! 14-01-2011 06:49 PM

    Washington: During the biannual event called the Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK), hackers worldwide develop software that can help identify and reduce risks from natural hazards. It's a far cry from the darker side of hackers who recently disrupted the computer operations of companies trying to shut down WikiLeaks, says...
  • CNN-IBN Indian of the Year in Public Service: Ladakh NGOs 17-12-2010 09:26 AM

    The Ladakh Ecological and Developmental Group and SEEDS were selected for the dedicated work they put in after Leh flash floods. ...
  • At least 160 missing after tsunami hits Indonesia 26-10-2010 08:03 PM

    Jakarta: At least 160 people, mostly women and children, are missing from an Indonesian village that was pounded by an enormous wave after an earthquake off the coast of Sumatra caused a local tsunami, officials said on Tuesday. The 7.5 magnitude quake hit 78 km west of South Pagai in...
  • Tornado hits parts of Texas, 5 homes destroyed 26-10-2010 10:32 AM

    The video was captured by an emergency management coordinator from his car on the outskirts of Dallas. ...
  • Ground report: Pakistan after worst flood 29-08-2010 11:49 AM

    Much of the country's economy and infrastructure has already been washed away by record monsoon rains and floods. ...
  • Pak announces emergency to avert epidemics 25-08-2010 08:23 AM

    Islamabad: The Pakistani government on Tuesday announced emergency measures aimed at averting major outbreaks of cholera and other epidemic diseases in the country's flooded areas. A national steering committee, comprising top health official, was set up to monitor the situation on a regular basis, officials said after a meeting chaired...
  • Saving Leh: its people, its children 21-08-2010 09:18 AM

    With winters just 2 months away, people of Leh, whose lives were shattered by flash floods two weeks back, face an even bigger threat to their survival. ...
  • Roof collapse kills 18 in Uttarakhand 18-08-2010 08:54 PM

    The roof of a primary school collapsed following heavy rains in Kapkot area of Uttarakhand's Bageshwar district on Wednesday. ...
  • Floods devastate Pakistan, over 1,600 dead 17-08-2010 10:26 PM

    It is estimated that more than 13 million people have been left homeless by the floods. ...
  • Pak flood victims struggle to survive 16-08-2010 07:37 PM

    Majority of victims of the deadly floods in Pakistan are struggling to make it to relief camps. ...
  • CJ: The aftermath of flash floods in Leh 11-08-2010 09:40 PM

    The flash floods in Leh following a deadly cloudburst has left over 150 dead and many more injured. A CJ shows how his car was swept away by mudslide in Choglamsar village. ...