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Floods in western Europe: Death toll tops 150, hundreds missing still

Floods in western Europe: Death toll tops 150, hundreds missing still

BELGIUM, Disaster Preparedness, EMERGENCY, EUROPE, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, NETHERLANDS
Floods swept through the German states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate as well as parts of Belgium and the Netherlands. Houses are submerged on the overflowed river banks in Erdorf, Germany, as the village was flooded on Thursday, July 15, 2021. (AP) Floods in Western Europe have been sweeping through Germany, Belgium, and a few other neighbouring countries over the week. The death toll in the incident has now risen to more than 150, news agencies reported, adding that hundreds are still missing and homeless while communications remain cut off in major areas still. Floods swept through the German states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate as well as parts of Belgium and the Netherlands. After days of heavy rain, 103 people have died in Germany al...
Manchester United breakthrough for double defensive swoop

Manchester United breakthrough for double defensive swoop

Disaster Preparedness, Football, Manchester United, Sports, TRANSFER
Manchester United are on the cusp of signing Real Madrid's Raphael Varane and Atletico Madrid's Kieran Trippier in a deal worth a combined £68m, claims The Sun. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants both players to help complete a stunning overhaul of United's defensive options and the Red Devils are now closing in on both. Varane has entered the final year of his current Madrid deal and the Spanish giants want to cash in this summer rather than lose him for nothing next year. United have reportedly agreed personal terms with the France international on a five-year deal as Solskjaer looks to find a world-class partner for captain Harry Maguire. Solskjaer is also keen to sign another right-back to push Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the same way Alex Telles helped improved Luke Shaw last season...
More than 90 dead as major flooding continues in Germany and Belgium

More than 90 dead as major flooding continues in Germany and Belgium

Disaster Preparedness, EUROPE, GERMAN, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL
The death toll from devastating floods across parts of western Germany and Belgium rose above 90 on Friday, as the search continued for hundreds of people still unaccounted for. Authorities in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate said 50 people had died there. In neighbouring North Rhine-Westphalia, state officials put the death toll at 30, but warned that the figure could rise further. Belgian broadcaster RTBF reported at least 12 dead in the country. “I grieve for those who have lost their lives in this disaster,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a visit to Washington, expressing shock at the scope of the flooding. Damaged houses along the Ahr river in Insul, western Germany Credit: Michael Probst/AP She pledged everything would be done to find those st...
7 dead, many missing in Germany floods

7 dead, many missing in Germany floods

Disaster Preparedness, EUROPE, GERMAN, INTERNATIONAL, PEOPLE
At least seven people have died and several people are missing in Germany after heavy flooding turned streams and streets into raging torrents, sweeping away cars and causing some buildings to collapse. Police in the western city of Koblenz said Thursday that four people had died in Ahrweiler county, and about 50 were trapped on the roofs of their houses awaiting rescue. Six houses had collapsed overnight in the village of Schuld. “Many people have been reported missing to us,” police said. Schuld is located in the Eifel, a volcanic region of rolling hills and small valleys southwest of Cologne. The full extent of the damage in the region was still unclear after many villages were cut off by floodwater and landslides that made roads impassable. Videos posted on social medi...
Recovering from the Gaza War: Two Months Later

Recovering from the Gaza War: Two Months Later

CRIME, CRISIS, Disaster Preparedness, GAZA, INTERNATIONAL, WAR
The Gaza border is quiet now. It's hard to even imagine that two months ago Hamas was preparing for war with Israel, readying rockets in underground bunkers that lined its "Metro" system of tunnels running the length of the Gaza Strip. Much of that arsenal, some 15,000 or more rockets, were being prepared for a conflict with Israel that would begin on May 10 with a salvo aimed at Jerusalem. Leanne Manshari, a therapist and sexual education supervisor in an education department within the Education Ministry, was concerned because she was preparing a pajama party sleep over for one of her children. One of her children was also going to be in Jerusalem for the flag parade. She looks back, two months later, and says the conflict didn't surprise her. "We expect it in the back of our min...
Disaster Risk Management: AfDB Grants Sudan $8.56 Million

Disaster Risk Management: AfDB Grants Sudan $8.56 Million

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, African Development Bank, Disaster Preparedness, Sudan
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved a grant of $8.56 million from the   African Development Fund to implement the Africa Disaster Risk Financing Programme (ADRiFi) in Sudan. The project will enhance the nation’s resilience and response to climate shocks by improving the management of climate disaster risks. The five-year (2022 to 2026) project, to be implemented at a total cost of $13.02 million, includes contributions from the Government of Sudan as well as in-kind contribution from the African Risk Capacity. Through ADRiFi, Sudan will strengthen its capacity to evaluate climate-related risks and costs and elaborate subsequent adaptation measures to strengthen resilience and allow a timely response delivery to beneficiaries impacted by drou...
Search back on after rest of South Florida condo demolished

Search back on after rest of South Florida condo demolished

CRISIS, Disaster Preparedness, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, USA
The remaining structure of the Champlain Towers South condo building is demolished more than a week after it partially collapsed, late Sunday, July 4, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) LYNNE SLADKY AP Rescuers were given the all-clear to resume work looking for victims at a collapsed South Florida condo building after demolition crews set off a string of explosives that brought down the last of the building in a plume of dust. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava told the Associated Press that the demolition went “exactly as planned” around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Crews immediately began clearing some of the new debris so rescuers could start making their way into parts of the underground garage that is of particular interest. Once there, they were hoping to get ...
Fears grow for dozens in landslide-hit Japan town

Fears grow for dozens in landslide-hit Japan town

Climate, CRISIS, Disaster Preparedness, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Nature
Rescuers in Japan's Atami wade through streams of murky water and move large blocks of timber and other detritus out of the way - Copyright AFP CHARLY TRIBALLEAU Rescue teams trawled Monday through muddy debris in a landslide-hit Japanese holiday town looking for survivors, as concerns grew that dozens of people may be missing. Soldiers and emergency workers used hand-held poles and mechanical diggers in the desperate search, two days after a torrent of earth slammed down a mountainside and through part of the hot-spring resort of Atami in central Japan. Three people have been confirmed dead, although authorities are struggling to pinpoint the whereabouts of dozens of residents as they scour the wreckage of 130 hillside homes and other buildings that were destroyed. Vehicles w...
Hurricane Elsa threatens Caribbean

Hurricane Elsa threatens Caribbean

Climate, Disaster Preparedness, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Nature, USA
Hurricane Elsa churned through the Caribbean early Saturday, bringing powerful winds and threatening to pile further misery on violence-wracked Haiti. The Category 1 storm weakened slightly overnight and was packing maximum sustained winds of 75 miles (120 kilometers) per hour. At 5:00am (0900 GMT), it was just south of Hispaniola -- which is made up of Haiti and the Dominican Republic -- and moving northwest at 31 mph, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. "On the forecast track, Elsa will move near the southern coast of Hispaniola later today and tonight, and move near Jamaica and portions of eastern Cuba on Sunday," the NHC said. "By Monday, Elsa is expected to move across central and western Cuba and head toward the Florida Straits." It said Elsa could bring ...
At least 19 missing after mudslide in central Japan

At least 19 missing after mudslide in central Japan

Climate, Disaster Preparedness, INTERNATIONAL, JAPAN, Nature
Heavy rain has been lashing across Japan since earlier this week. Houses are damaged by mudslide following heavy rain at Izusan district in Atami, west of Tokyo, Saturday, July 3, 2021. A powerful mudslide carrying a deluge of black water and debris crashed into rows of houses in a town west of Tokyo following heavy rains on Saturday, leaving multiple people missing, officials said. (Naoya Osato/Kyodo News via AP) At least 19 people are missing after a powerful mudslide swept away rows of houses in Atami, west of Tokyo, Japanese authorities said. Disaster management officials in Shizuoka prefecture in central Japan say the mudslide occurred on Saturday morning in Atami, a town known for its hot springs. Prefectural disaster management official Takamichi Sugiyama said rescu...
Use tougher means to stop deforestation-Members of Parliament have called on government

Use tougher means to stop deforestation-Members of Parliament have called on government

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, Disaster Preparedness, Parliament, UGANDA
Members of Parliament have called on government to reign over the increasing deforestation across the country, following reports of rampant tree cutting for charcoal burning and timber. MPs observing that there is a growing market for charcoal business, which ultimately increases deforestation; implored government to use an iron hand and refrain this unregulated business.   “Increasingly, we are seeing deforestation year in year out,  an example is Mabira Forest, the trees are actually along the road but there is nothing when you go behind,” said Ibanda North MP, Guma Gumisiriza. Gumisiriza said that since dialogue does not seem to solve environment related issues, tougher law enforcement measures must be applied to save the environment. “There is a lot of talking he...
PM RUGUNDA LAUNCHES THE FIRST EVER NATIONAL RISK AND VULNERABILITY ATLAS OF UGANDA

PM RUGUNDA LAUNCHES THE FIRST EVER NATIONAL RISK AND VULNERABILITY ATLAS OF UGANDA

AFRICA, Disaster Preparedness, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA, UN, UN Women, UNDP, UNHCR, WORLD
The Prime Minister of Uganda, RT Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda has today launched the first of its kind National Risk and Vulnerability Atlas for Uganda at the Office of the Prime Minister headquarters in Kampala. The National Risk and Vulnerability Atlas is a key instrument designed by the Office of the Prime Minister, with support from the United National Development Program (UNDP) to enhance understanding of disaster risk in all its dimensions; including hazards, exposure and vulnerability in all the 122 Districts of Uganda. While giving his remarks at the launch, PM Rugunda said that the National Atlas will enable policy makers and practitioners in government, private sector, media and the general public to understand and make informed decisions on planning and implementing disaster...
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