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Uttarakhand CM orders deployment of SDRF perosnnel on Char Dham route

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 19:17

In a bid to put a fool-proof security system into place before the Char Dham yatra begins in May, Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat has ordered substantial deployment of SDRF personnel in danger zones.

Costs of natural disasters in China surge to $69 billion

Last Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014, 16:07

Natural disasters including droughts, floods and earthquakes cost China 421 billion yuan in 2013, official data showed on Monday, nearly double the total in the previous year.

`Runaway` heat behind deep earthquakes

Last Updated: Sunday, December 29, 2013, 14:15

Researchers have gained insight into the mechanism that causes deep quakes in the Earth to spread and eventually lead to an earthquake.

Natural disasters kill 24 in China

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 19:12

At least 24 people were killed in natural disasters across China last month that caused direct economic losses of USD 1.12 billion.

10 deadliest natural disasters in the Philippines

Last Updated: Monday, November 11, 2013, 11:14

Super Typhoon Haiyan may go down in history as the deadliest natural disaster to hit the calamity-prone Philippines, with authorities estimating at least 10,000 dead on one island alone.

Steps to deal with natural disasters

Last Updated: Monday, October 28, 2013, 22:00

Government Monday took a series of steps, including strengthening of forecasting capabilities, advance information on quakes and landslides, maintaining road and telecommunication networks, to deal with natural disasters and reduce causalities.

`Eight lakh may die if magnitude 8 quake hits Himalaya region`

Last Updated: Sunday, October 06, 2013, 11:10

Over eight lakh people may die if an earthquake measuring 8 on the Richter scale occurs in the seismically-active Himalayan states from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, National Disaster Management Authority`s Vice Chairman M Shashidhar Reddy has warned.

Twitter launches emergency alerts

Last Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013, 08:26

Twitter launched a system for emergency alerts which can help spread critical information when other lines of communication are down.

Pre-fabricated houses come up in Kedarnath

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 15:50

With pilgrimage to Kedarnath likely to resume next month, pre-fabricated houses with power and water connectivity have been built at the Himalayan shrine to accommodate 100 people.

`Human activities increasing risk of calamities in Kedarnath`

Last Updated: Sunday, August 04, 2013, 18:20

Increasing human activities are augmenting the risk of natural disasters in the ecologically sensitive region of Kedarnath, a latest study claims.

Hot spots for world`s powerful earthquakes identified

Last Updated: Friday, December 07, 2012, 16:14

Researchers have pinpointed the locations - like Indonesia`s Sumatra Island - where the world`s largest earthquakes are most likely to take place, with greater accuracy than ever before.

Natural disasters make 2011 costliest year

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 14:05

Natural disasters cost the global economy 380 billion dollars last year, making it the costliest year ever recorded.