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Climate deal urgent after weather-linked disasters kill 600,000 in 20 years: UN

Weather-related disasters have grown more frequent over the last 20 years, claiming more than 600,000 lives, the UN said today, issuing a further call for nations to strike a landmark deal on climate change.

No phone signal in a disaster? Solar network ''in a box'' to the rescue

No phone signal in a disaster? Solar network ''in a box'' to the rescue

Pakistan: Pakistani researchers have developed a portable, solar-powered mobile phone network for use in disasters like floods and earthquakes when regular communications are often disrupted.

App to help tourists during disasters

App to help tourists during disasters

An app developed by an insurance company in Japan will guide people during natural disasters.

More flooding in Texas after storms, two dozen dead

Rain caused flooding on roads in parts of Texas on Saturday, an official said, after severe weather killed at least 24 people during the week and prompted U.S. President Barack Obama to declare a disaster in the state.

India loses $9.8 billion every year due to disasters

India suffers losses of $9.8 billion every year owing to multi-hazard disasters as 58.6 percent of its land is prone to earthquakes and 8.5 percent vulnerable to cyclone, as per a UN estimate.

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.

Disasters cost $113 billion damage in 2014: Swiss Re

This is 16 percent less than the USD 135 billion in losses recorded in 2013 and significantly below the average annual figure of USD 188 billion for the previous 10 years.

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.

Malaysia Airlines loses widen in wake of disasters

Crisis-stricken Malaysia Airlines said on Friday that its third-quarter loss widened 54 percent in the wake of two devastating air disasters that have sent its business into a tailspin and prompted a government rescue.

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.