Disasters

  • Philippines typhoon toll soars as new storm threatens 4 days ago

    Manila: The disaster-weary Philippines braced for a second severe storm in five days on Saturday as the death toll from Typhoon Rammasun surged to 77, officials said. While Tropical Storm Matmo was not forecast to hit the main island of Luzon, the weather service warned it would still bring heavy rains...
  • First doppler radar to be put up in Tehri 1 week ago

    A doppler radar, which was necessitated after the last year's natural calamity in Uttarakhand, will be put up in Tehri district to strengthen advance weather information gathering mechanism in the state. The radar, first in the state, will be put up near the high-altitude Surkanda Devi temple in the district with...
  • PIL seeks Rs 20 lakh compensation in minor girl's drowning case July 15, 2014

    A PIL has been filed in Madras High Court seeking Rs 20 lakh compensation for the family of a 12-year-old girl from Jharkhand who drowned after falling into a drainage-cum-rainwater canal last month in Vellore. The first bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Satish K Agnihotri and Justice MM Sundresh issued a...
  • French rail disaster probe finds tracks in state of disrepair July 7, 2014

    Paris: Experts tasked with investigating one of France's worst train accidents found "a state of disrepair never seen before" on the rail network. Michel Dubernard and Pierre Henquenet, appointed by a court to find the cause of the July 2013 Bretigny-sur-Orge derailment that left seven people dead, ruled out a...
  • Mild tremors in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand July 3, 2014

    Mild tremors were on Thursday felt in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, MeT office said. A mild earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale hit Pithoragarh and adjoining areas at 5.6 PM, the MeT office said. The epicentre of the quake was located 30.2 degree north (latitude) and 80.2 degree east...
  • Fourteen survive copter crash in Russia: Officials June 30, 2014

    Moscow: All 14 passengers survived a close brush with death on Monday when their helicopter crashed in the far east of Russia, a rare happy ending for a country prone to aviation disasters. The Mi-8 helicopter, which included 11 forest firefighters among its passengers, crashed near the village of Chekunda in...
  • Chhattisgarh government asks officials to make contingency plan keeping in view delayed monsoon June 26, 2014

    Keeping in view the delayed monsoon, the Chhattisgarh government has asked the officials to prepare a contingency plan to deal with any exigency. The agriculture department has been asked to continuously help the farmers with agriculture-related suggestions though mobile SMS. Looking at the predictions of delayed monsoon, the state government is gearing...
  • MoS Home to lead Indian team in disaster conference in Bangkok June 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju will lead the Indian delegation to 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction to be held in Bangkok beginning Sunday. India will showcase the steps taken by the Government in evacuating nearly a million people during the cyclone 'Phailin' that...
  • Watch: Uttarakhand crawls back to normalcy an year after the floods June 16, 2014

    It is one full year since the natural disaster stuck Uttarakhand and left irreparable scars on its people. CNN-IBN visits the state to find out changes in the past one year. ...
  • Second phase of restoration work begins at Kedarnath: Harish Rawat June 9, 2014

    Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Saturday said the second phase of restoration works at Kedarnath, which had suffered huge destruction due to the last year's floods, has begun. Chairing a meeting with National Disaster Management Authority officials in Dehradun, Mr Rawat said timely start of the annual pilgrimage to the...
  • Japan launches new satellite to survey disasters May 24, 2014

    Japan successfully launched a new mapping satellite on Saturday that will be used to survey damage from natural disasters and changes affecting rainforests. The Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 (ALOS-2) will be able to see scars left by catastrophes such as Japan's 2011 tsunami as well as monitor progress made in reconstruction,...
  • South Korean ferry tragedy toll rises to 288 May 21, 2014

    Seoul: The toll in the April 16 South Korean ferry tragedy on Wednesday rose to 288 with one more body recovered from the sunken ship earlier in the day, the disaster response centre said. On the 36th day of the search, 288 people have been confirmed dead, with 16 others still...
  • IAF holds workshop to train officials on disaster management May 21, 2014

    The Indian Air Force held its annual workshop on disaster management on Tuesday at Phalodi in Jodhpur to train officials of Rajasthan government in dealing with natural calamities like flood and earthquake. The event was organised by the Air Force station in Phalodi under the aegis of South Western Air Command,...
  • South Korean diver dies in ferry search operation May 6, 2014

    Seoul: A diver lost consciousness and died on Tuesday during the search operation for victims still missing after last month's South Korean ferry disaster. The diver had lost radio contact five minutes after diving to fix guideline ropes on the fifth deck of the sunken ferry, according to Ko Myung-seok,...
  • South Korean ferry disaster: Death toll rises to 263, 39 still missing May 6, 2014

    Seoul: Divers helped by better weather and easing ocean currents retrieved 12 passengers' bodies from the sunken South Korean ferry on Monday, raising the death toll to 263 with 39 people still missing. Investigators also made their first formal arrests of people who were not on board the Sewol when it...
  • Top BJP leaders did not visit disaster-hit Uttarakhand: Bahuguna May 5, 2014

    Former Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna on Monday hit out at Bhartiya Janata Party saying the party had no moral right to criticize the state government for its handling of the calamity that struck last year, as its own top leaders did not visit the disaster-hit areas. "Be it LK Advani...
  • Korea ferry disaster exposes cosy industry ties, soft penalties April 30, 2014

    Seoul: A culture of cosy personal ties that can blur the lines between businesses and those regulating them, of profit over safety, and soft courts is in focus as South Korea demands answers over the sinking of a ferry with the loss of more than 300 lives, mainly high school...
  • Uttarakhand government plans to start the Char Dham Yatra from May 2 April 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The Uttarakhand government has announced plans to start the Char Dham Yatra from May 2, but the roads leading to the four shrines are still in a bad condition. Due to bad weather and poor road condition the Uttarakhand government has advised children and old people against visiting Kedarnath....
  • South Korean PM resigns over government response to ferry disaster April 27, 2014

    Seoul: South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won announced his resignation on Sunday over the government's poor response to the April 16 ferry disaster, in which it was first announced that everyone had been rescued. The Sewol ferry sank on a routine trip south from the port of Incheon to the...
  • 5 persons missing as boat capsizes in Ganga April 25, 2014

    Five persons went missing on Friday as a boat capsized in river Ganga at Salempur ghat in Bihar's Bhojpur district, a police officer said. The mishap took place as the boat ferrying 60 people toppled due to overcrowding and began sinking, the Superintendent of Police (SP) Kim said. While five persons...
  • 13th body pulled from snow in Mount Everest avalanche April 19, 2014

    Kathmandu: Search teams recovered a 13th body on Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Another three guides remained missing, and searchers...
  • Uttarakhand government gives final touches to Char Dham yatra preparations April 15, 2014

    With just a fortnight to go for the start of the annual Char Dham pilgrimage, Uttarakhand government is giving final touches to preparations for the yatra route to ensure a smooth and trouble-free journey for the devotees en route to the four Himalayan shrines. "Almost all major roads on the Char...
  • 6.7 magnitude earthquake strikes off Nicobar Islands March 21, 2014

    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 management control...
  • Chhattisgarh sanctions Rs 200 crore to compensate farmers March 5, 2014

    Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Tuesday sanctioned a sum of Rs 200 crore to compensate farmers who suffered losses in recent rainfalls and hailstorms in several places of the state. "Singh chaired a meeting of senior officials to take stock of the situation and took a decision on Tuesday in...
  • Harish Rawat assures flow of funds for reconstruction March 3, 2014

    Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Monday said there would be no dearth of funds for reconstruction in disaster-hit areas but there should be no compromise on the quality of work. Reviewing reconstruction work in Narendra Nagar area of the district, Rawat assured officials of adequate funds wherever needed but said...
  • SC asks Centre to respond on safety measures at Kudankulam February 17, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from Centre and Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) on implementation of safety guidelines issued by it for Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu. A bench headed by Justice KS Radhakrishnan asked the authorities to file report within three weeks on a...
  • Odisha boat tragedy toll reaches 28, probe ordered February 11, 2014

    The toll in Sunday's boat tragedy in Odisha rose to 28 Monday, with rescuers retrieving more bodies, officials said. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik ordered an inquiry into the tragedy and announced an ex-gratia grant of Rs 1.5 lakh to the kin of the dead. "Seventeen bodies were retrieved today (Monday). It...
  • Jharkhand compensates Rs 5 lakh to kin of 36 Uttarakhand floods victims January 11, 2014

    The Jharkhand government on Friday handed over Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of 36 victims of the June 2013 Uttarakhand disaster. "Chief Minister Hemant Soren handed over Rs.5 lakh each to the kin of 36 people who died in the the Uttarakhand disaster at a solemn programme held at...
  • Underground fire, subsidence in Jharia be considered as 'national disaster': CPI(M) January 11, 2014

    The CPI(M) on Friday told the 14th Finance Commission that the underground fire, subsidence and emission of poisonous gas in the Jharia coalfields of Dhanbad be considered as a "national disaster". "Lives and livelihood of about seven lakh inhabitants in the area are adversely affected due to the underground fire following...