DISASTERS

  • 12 dead, nearly 100 missing in Indonesian landslide: Official December 13, 2014

    Jemblung: A landslide triggered by torrential downpours has killed at least 12 people and left nearly 100 others missing on Indonesia's main island of Java, an official said. Hundreds of rescuers were digging through mud and rubble after the landslide buried scores of houses in Jemblung village in central Java...
  • Watch: Photographer Raghu Rai recounts the horror of the Bhopal gas tragedy December 3, 2014

    Acclaimed photographer Raghu Rai recounts the horror 30 years since the Bhopal gas tragedy left over 10000 dead and crippled for generations to come. "The burial of an unknown child became an iconic image as a symbol of Bhopal Gas tragedy," said Raghu Rai. ...
  • Behind the scenes of 'Bhopal: A prayer for rain' December 3, 2014

    Ravi Kumar directed Bhopal: 'A prayer for rain' talks about the biggest disaster in human history that claimed 10,000 innocent lives within a few hours. It is after 30 years that a film tells us the truth of that fateful night of December 3, 1984. ...
  • Modi government should take up Bhopal gas tragedy issue with Obama: Amnesty International Secretary General November 30, 2014

    Bhopal: Two days before world's worst industrial disaster's 30th anniversary, Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty on Sunday said that the Narendra Modi-led NDA government should raise issues pertaining to the Bhopal Gas tragedy with US President Barack Obama during his visit to India in January next year. "It is time...
  • Sri Lanka: Rains slow search for mudslide victims November 3, 2014

    Colombo: Heavy rains slowed the search for victims of a major mudslide on a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka that police say left 38 people missing and presumed dead, officials said. A military official said rains were creating problems for rescuers using heavy equipment to dig through tonnes of...
  • Odisha a model for others in disaster management, says CM Naveen Patnaik October 29, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Following the handling of two major cyclones, Phailin in 2013 and Hudhud earlier this month, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said that Odisha is a model for others in disaster management. "Odisha is a model for others as far as disaster management is concerned," Patnaik said after addressing...
  • JKNPP accuses PM Modi of entering a 'secret deal' with Omar Abdullah October 26, 2014

    Jammu: The JKNPP on Sunday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to Srinagar to celebrate Diwali with the flood-hit people of Kashmir was aimed at "reaching a secret bargain" with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. "The Prime Minister bargained with Omar Abdullah, allowing him (PM) to misuse all the relief...
  • Facebook's new 'Safety Check' tool lets you notify friends, family that you are safe during natural disasters October 16, 2014

    New York: Facebook Inc. is launching a tool that lets users notify friends and family that they are safe during or after natural disasters. The tool, called "Safety Check," will be available worldwide to the social network's 1.32 billion users on computers and mobile devices. This includes the basic "feature" phones...
  • Has India improved on its disaster preparedness and management efforts? October 13, 2014

    Cyclone Hudhud, which hit the Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coastline on Sunday, has left behind a trail of massive destruction. 24 people have lost their lives and nearly four lakh people have been evacuated. ...
  • Declare floods in J&K as National Disaster: JKNPP October 11, 2014

    Jammu: Fearing that flood affected people of Jammu province will not be properly compensated, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) on Saturday demanded that the recent floods in the state should declared as a National Disaster. "If the recent floods in the state are not declared as National Disaster...
  • Centre needs to get state report to declare J&K floods as national disaster: BJP October 2, 2014

    Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government will have to submit a report about the devastation caused by the September floods to the central government for it to consider declaring the natural calamity as a national disaster, the state unit of BJP said on Thursday. "There is a procedure. A report, about...
  • Light rain hampered rescue work in Jammu and Kashmir: NDRF September 14, 2014

    In an interview to CNNIBN, National Disaster Response Force Deputy Inspector General JKS Rawat said, "We have established 5 medical camps. Hope to finish rescue operations in Jammu and Kashmir in the next 23 days." ...
  • Health emergency in Pakistan due to floods September 14, 2014

    Islamabad: Eight districts in Pakistan's Sindh province have declared a health emergency due to the floods caused by heavy rains, the media reported on Sunday. According to officials, Sindh Health Minister Saghir Ahmed declared an emergency in the province with particular focus on the eight districts, Dawn online reported. Sindh's health department...
  • J&K: Will ensure flood victims do not suffer further in winter, says government September 14, 2014

    Srinagar: All necessary steps will be taken to ensure that the floodaffected people in Jammu and Kashmir do not suffer further miseries during winter which is going to set in less than two months, the state government has said. "We are aware of the approaching winter. We will take all...
  • Death toll in Pakistan floods reaches 280 September 14, 2014

    Islamabad: At least 280 people have been killed and over two million affected in massive flooding triggered by heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan even as military specialists blew up dikes to divert swollen rivers and save cities from raging floods. The rains lashed vast areas of the country last week...
  • Huge task of giving relief, rehab when disaster strikes: Kiren Rijiju September 11, 2014

    Washington: India on Thurday said that it is facing largescale disasters due to its geographical and social conditions and the challenge before the government is not only to provide quick relief but also to undertake longterm rehabilitation and reconstruction. Addressing the opening Plenary of the 2nd World Reconstruction Conference, Minister...
  • Nearly 6 billion dollars fund earmarked for disaster mitigation: Rijiju September 11, 2014

    Washington: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has said that the Indian government has earmarked 10 per cent of funds in all Centresponsored development programmes for disaster mitigation, which amounts to about $5.5 billion for the current fiscal. "India is a leading country now in disaster management. We...
  • Flight MH17 wreckage still lying in Ukraine September 10, 2014

    Hrabove: A child's skipping rope, its yellow handles blistered and charred, lay amid wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 that was still strewn across fields of Eastern Ukraine more than seven weeks after the jet was shot down. Chunks of fuselage carrying the Malaysian carrier's logo were lined up alongside...
  • #YESIamThechange: Saving Leh August 18, 2014

    This story focuses on the environmental degradation that led to the flash floods in Leh. ...
  • 2 killed, 4 lakh affected in Bihar flood August 17, 2014

    Two people were killed and nearly four lakh people were affected by floods in Bihar, an official said on Sunday. Vayasji, the principal secretary of state disaster management department, said two casualties were reported from floodaffected Saharsa district. "Around 3.94 lakh people have been hit by floods in several districts, including two...
  • Rs 2.5 crore allotted to each disasterhit district of Uttarakhand August 17, 2014

    The Uttarakhand government has allocated Rs 2.5 crore each for the development of infrastructural facilities in disasterhit districts of the state. A decision to this effect was taken by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat after he held consultations with the District Magistrates of Pauri, Chamoli, Tehri, Pithoragarh and Rudraprayag on Sunday...
  • Woman gives birth to boy aboard NDRF boat in flood rescue August 16, 2014

    A woman on Saturday gave birth to a child while being rescued from flood by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel in Uttar Pradesh's Baharaich district. Thirtyfiveyearold Minakshi Shukla gave birth to a baby boy on the NDRF motor boat, a release from 9 battalion of NDRF headquartered at Bihta in...
  • High alert sounded as swollen rivers pose threat to over 100 villages August 16, 2014

    Flood water has entered over 100 villages in Bihar, forcing people to abandon their homes, and rising water level in most rivers is posing a threat to many other villages, officials said on Friday. All the inundated villages are in floodprone districts of Bagha, Gopalganj, Madhubani, Sitamarhi, Supaul, Saharsa, Khagaria, Darbhanga...
  • Indonesians hope to find son lost in tsunami after reunion with daughter August 8, 2014

    Banda Aceh(Indonesia): An Indonesian couple reunited with their daughter a decade after she was swept away by the 2004 tsunami said on Friday they were now hopeful of finding their son, who also went missing in the disaster. Raudhatul Jannah, then aged four, and her sevenyearold brother were carried away clinging...
  • Water level rises in Mahanadi river system in Odisha August 7, 2014

    Swollen rivers in Odisha wreaked havoc in the state amid fear of a high flood in Mahanadi river system claiming 27 human lives so far and affecting 10 lakh people as the state government stepped up evacuation and kept two choppers stand by Wednesday. "The focus is now on Mahanadi river...
  • 118 feared dead in Bangladesh ferry disaster August 5, 2014

    Dhaka: At least 118 people were feared dead after an overcrowded ferry with up to 250 passengers on board sank in the Padma river in central Bangladesh, as the efforts to locate the vessel under deep waters is still underway. "Five more bodies were retrieved on Tuesday as they were...
  • Fear of 2008like flood fuels panic in Bihar August 3, 2014

    Thousands of people in Bihar on Sunday were panicky, fearing a repeat of the worst floods in the Kosi plains in 2008 after a drastic rise in the water level of the Kosi river. The water level started rising due to Saturday's landslide that killed eight people in Nepal. Mud and...
  • State government seeks Army's help over Kosi flood threat August 2, 2014

    With the danger of flood looming large in the Kosi belt along BiharNepal border, the state government has put its personnel on alert, ordered evacuation of people inhabiting the embankment area and also sought help from the Army. Bihar Disaster Management Department (DMD) Principal Secretary Vyasji said the state government has...
  • Bihar government orders immediate evacuation of people living along Kosi embankment August 2, 2014

    Bihar government has ordered immediate evacuation of people living along the embankment of Kosi in four districts as a 10metre high wall of water is expected to sweep down the river from Nepal by this evening or tonight, officials said. Describing the situation as "most alarming", Bihar Disaster Management Department (DMD)...
  • Landslide tragedy in Pune: Is this a manmade disaster? August 1, 2014

    Could the massive landslide in Ambegaon in Pune have been averted? Some unheeded alarm bells raised in 2011 by a panel of experts could hold answers to whether the tragedy was a natural calamity or a manmade disaster. ...