NDRF mulling to set up specialised teams to tackle disasters

National Disaster Response Force is contemplating to set up specialised multi skilled teams to meet the challenges arising out of various disasters, a top official said on Tuesday.

States have adequate funds to deal with disasters: Rijiju

Adequate funds are available for all states to deal with possible disasters and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has not abandoned any project mid-way, government said on Tuesday.

NASA's ape-like robot to help in disasters

NASA researchers have designed a new ape-like robot for disaster response that can navigate dangerous situations and carry out complex tasks such as lifting debris off survivors.

Researchers to scan social media use during disasters

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Ohio-based Kent State University $300,000 grant to study public responses to disaster warnings and alerts across social media.

Far more displaced by disasters than conflict: Study

Disasters last year displaced three times more people than violent conflicts, showing the urgent need to improve resilience for vulnerable people when fighting climate change, according to a study issued today.

J&K floods: Google database grows to over 6,000 people
J&K floods: Google database grows to over 6,000 people

Launched two days back to aid rescue efforts, Google's database on possible flood victims stranded in Jammu and Kashmir has over 6,300 records and is continuously growing.

New method may predict volcanic eruption

Scientists are working on a new method that can predict volcanic eruption behaviour to help prevent disasters more effectively.

Soon, floating electric car to help in disasters

Forget military helicopters or life boats when a natural calamity strikes. A Japanese firm is on the job to build an all-electric, floating car that can reach low-lying, flood-prone regions in a jiffy.

Prototype robot that can find victims trapped under debris developed

With earthquakes and other natural calamities posing as major threats to the world, a city-based non-profit organisation Hyderabad Science Society (HSS) has developed prototype of a robot that can help in finding victims trapped under debris after disasters.

Cost from disasters quadrupled in 30 years: World Bank

Natural and weather disasters are costing nearly USD 200 billion (150 billion euros) a year, four times more than in the 1980s, the World Bank said Monday, warning climate change would drive the bill even higher.

`Over 1300 lives lost to natural disasters in China in 2012`

Over 1300 people were killed in natural disasters in China last year with such calamities also causing over USD 66 billion losses.

Nuclear industry plans rescue wagon for disasters

If disaster strikes a nuclear power plant in US, the utility industry wants the ability to fly in heavy-duty equipment that could avert a meltdown.

World’s rich putting earth at risk of century of disasters

Global population must be stabilised quickly and high consumption in wealthy nations should be rapidly reduced to save our planet from “a downward spiral of economic and environmental ills”, researchers have warned.

Quakes have a great impact on health

Quakes have a bigger impact on health than other disasters such as floods and hurricanes.

`KNPP designed to withstand all disasters`

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units in the controversial KNPP,
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any natural disaster, including earthquakes and Tsunamis.

Climate behavior could predict disasters

Professor Tim Lenton of the University of Exeter shows that the “tipping points” that trigger these disasters could be anticipated by looking for changes in climate behaviour.

`Facebook can help in disasters`

An Australian academic has praised the increasing use of social media during disasters.

Support for Australian govt tumbles after disasters

Australian PM fights for a new tax to pay for flood, cyclone reconstruction.

Disasters cause world losses of $ 222 bn in 2010

Man-made and natural disasters generated worldwide economic losses of $ 222 bn in 2010.

At least 236,000 killed in disasters in 2010: UN

More than 236,000 people have been killed worldwide in different natural disasters this year so far, the UN has said on International Day for Disaster Reduction.