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Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India (September 12, 2017): The High Court has directed the government to inform it about the follow-up action with regard to the decisions taken by the state disaster management authority (SDMA) on disaster management in the state.

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Shillong, August 25, 2017: A review meeting of all the district heads of offices in South West Garo Hills district connected with disaster management was convened by the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) at DRDA Conference Hall in Ampati on Thursday evening,

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Imphal, August 03, 2017: The Manipur State Disaster Management Authority will start inspecting of weak and old buildings as a preventive measure to minimise damages during earthquakes.

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Mumbai, August 05, 2017: Ten days after a Ghatkopar building collapsed, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) decided to hold disaster management training sessions for Ganesh mandals across the city.

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Itanagar, July 29, 2017: A two-week Community Awareness Programme (CAP) on disaster awareness was conducted by the DDMA Lohit in collaboration with 12th Bn NDRF Doimukh in all three circles of Lohit district covering several villages and schools.

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Guwahati, July 29, 2017: The Salonibari-based Centralised Training Centre of the Sashastra Seema Bal will be upgraded to a national-level institute, which will impart specialised training on disaster management, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said today.

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Thane, April 19, 2017: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has chalked out plans to alert residents about any emergency situation or disaster reported in the city by sending them regular mobile alerts in order to avoid panic arising out of rumours in such situations.

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July 23, 2017: Speakers at a divisional workshop here Saturday underscored the need for reducing disaster risks in educational institutions aiming to save students from all possible disasters, including earthquake and tornado.

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Exercise Jalrahat 2016, a joint initiative taken by the Assam government and the Armed Forces in mitigating disasters turned to be an eye wash for the state government.

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July 22, 2017: Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (APSDMA) on Friday inaugurated video conference classes on Remote Sensing and Satellite Applications in Atmospheric Sciences for students studying in State universities. During this session, the students also attended a seminar of the future communication technology LiFi (Light Fidelity).

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Dehradun, July 22, 2017: In a first, the Uttarakhand government is set to rope in scientific experts into the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) – the apex body for disaster management – to revamp the hill state’s response to natural calamities.

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New Delhi, July 22, 2017: Only 349 of 4,862 India's large dams have emergency disaster action plans in place, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India's performance report on flood control and management schemes of the Water Resources Ministry has revealed.

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Alarmed by frequent deaths caused by lightning in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today directed officials to install lightning tracker technology used by Andhra Pradesh, which predicts thunder and lighting in an area half an hour in advance.

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Dhaka, July 21, 2017: Recent flash floods in Haors (wetlands) and ongoing seasonal floods have seemingly taken the authorities by surprise. While Bangladesh was hit by flash floods almost every year in the past, the swelling of rivers this year due to heavy rains and onrush of waters from the upstream was possibly the first in recent years. But all these disasters, which are acts of Nature and beyond control of anybody, could efficiently be handled had there been adequate preparedness to mitigate sufferings of the victims.

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Vasco, July 19, 2017: Bearing in mind the vulnerability to natural disasters and the fact that certain residential areas of Vasco were considered a disaster hotspot a seminar on ‘Landslides Risk Management’ was organised by the office of Mormugao Mamlatdar at MPT Institute Hall, Vasco on Tuesday.

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Tezu, July 18, 2017: Two weeks community awareness programme on disaster management was launched in Tezu on July 18, organized by the District Disaster Management Authority Lohit, in collaboration with 12th Bn NDRF, Doimukh.

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Imphal, July 20, 2017: A two day training on disaster management condensed course for the students of College of Nursing Regional Institute of Medical Science was inaugurated today at the disaster management office at Babupara, Imphal.

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Jagatsinghpur (Odisha), July 03, 2017: The tall claims of the State Government to strengthen weather forecasting network in calamity-prone districts before the rainy season have fallen flat. Though it has been almost two weeks since the monsoon marked its onset, there are no signs of the Manual Surface Observatory and Early Warning Dissemination Systems (EWDS) which the Government had promised to instal in disaster-prone Jagatsinghpur district.

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Nagpur, July 03, 2017: The state's public works department (PWD) has not learnt any lessons from the Mahad bridge collapse of last August. It is yet to appoint disaster managers at selected bridges and also failed to form bridge management cells, as decided 10-11 months ago. The only silver lining is that the PWD is set to install sensors at some major bridges to get alerts about flood-like situations.

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Dimapur, July 01, 2017: A total of 40 trainees from the five sub divisions of Kohima district were trained on Community first responders on disaster management. The training programme was conducted by District Disaster Management Authority, Kohima in collaboration with the Civil Defence & Home Guards, Health and family welfare and Fire and emergency services from June 27-30.

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New Delhi, June 30, 2017: The much awaited certificate course in disaster management is all set be launched in Delhi University. For the first time, the varsity's Ram Lal Anand College will start the six-month certificate course in disaster management. The course will be started this academic session itself. The unique certificate course is the brainchild college principal Rakesh Gupta. In addition to the students enrolled in the course, National Service Scheme (NSS) and National Cadet Corps (NCC) volunteers will also be a part of the course.

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Bhubaneshwar (Odisha), June 29, 2017: A State Institute of Disaster Management (SIDM) will be set up at Gothapatna to train officials, personnel of the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force, Fire department and people living in vulnerable areas in disaster management.

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Panjim, June 26, 2017: Even after a year, the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) plan awaits an approval from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) that lists down standard operating procedure during emergencies.

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Cancun, Mexico, 23 May 2017: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today announced a major revision to its Disaster Resilience Scorecard designed to boost the number of cities and towns reducing their disaster losses by 2020 in line with a key global agreement.

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Margao, May 22, 2017: The South Goa Disaster Management Authority has miserably missed its goal of making the district "disaster resilient" by 2015. What's even more ironic is that while the goal was set in 2011, six years down the line, there has been no tangible improvement in the preparedness levels of the first respondents in times of calamity, admit official sources.

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May 23, 2017: A Malaysian IT company has released three IoT solutions, which it said can help address recurring local challenges linked to floods, energy management and plantations.

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May 22, 2017: Cities are set to receive key attention at a global summit this week on disaster risk reduction, as national governments, development groups and others seek to “substantially increase” the number of local strategies on the issue by 2020.

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May 22, 2017: Hurricanes, cyclones and tsunamis are increasingly common threats to the world’s most climate-vulnerable island nations, whose representatives are meeting today in Cancun, Mexico, ahead of a major United Nations conference on risk reduction.

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May 20, 2017: Indonesia is no stranger to natural disasters, announcing during its 2017 National Disaster Risk Reduction Day a new set of tools to enhance the country’s readiness, response, and risk reduction capabilities. The country’s national disaster management agency Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB) launched the new InAWARE version 6 system, based on Pacific Disaster Center (PDC)’s DisasterAWARE™ platform. InAWARE v.6 is an upgrade to Indonesia’s current InAWARE sytem that was first implemented in partnership with PDC and USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance in 2014.

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May 20, 2017: Is India a safe country to live in? A spate of leaks of poisonous chemicals has once again raised the specter of the Bhopal gas tragedy, which saw thousands of Indians lose their lives in what is considered the world’s worst industrial disaster.

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New Delhi, May 20, 2017: India is participating in a five-day long Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) summit being held in Mexico from Tuesday.

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May 19, 2017: In cooperation with CBM and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), EDF organised a workshop in Brussels on 17 May 2017. This ‘regional hub’ took place the week before the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Cancun (22-26 May). UNISDR with the support received by Nippon Foundation are also supporting regional hubs in Asia and the Pacific, organised by the Centre of Disability and Development (CDD) - Bangladesh and the Pacific Disability Forum respectively.

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May 19, 2017: A government-appointed panel discussing ways to boost Japan’s ability to withstand natural disasters called on Friday for promoting river and coastal dike construction to prepare for powerful earthquakes.

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Visakhapatnam, May 19, 2017: At 2.30 pm on Thursday (May 18), tahsildar of Anantagiri in Visakhapatnam district got a call from the state disaster management headquarters in Vijayawada with an alert that there will be a lightening (thunderbolt) within 30 minutes within a two kilometers radius of the area.

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Islamabad, April 14, 2017: The Senate was informed on Friday that the government has adopted a national strategy towards strengthening the early disaster warning systems.

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Tokyo, April 13, 2017: This week saw further strengthening of Japan’s support for disaster risk reduction with the launch of a new non-partisan parliamentarian support group.

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April 13, 2017: In October 2015, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Badakhshan province, leaving over a hundred dead and tens of thousands displaced across Afghanistan’s most mountainous region. The earthquake struck during the lead up to winter, which only exacerbated the need to provide immediate winterized shelter assistance. Given the difficulty of accessing many affected areas, cash grants were distributed by Afghanistan’s Emergency Shelter and Non-Food Item (ESNFI) cluster partners to both completely destroyed and partially damaged households, in order to fund fuel, essential winter NFIs, repairs and reconstruction work.

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Mumbai, April 13, 2017: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is all set to roll out a one-year diploma programme in Disaster Management in Fire and Industrial Safety (DMFIS) to enable security guards to handle disasters like fires without waiting for specialist emergency services to arrive for rescue operations.

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April 12, 2017: With the help of the Japanese government and Unesco, Pakistan is preparing itself to better predict and manage the annual floods it has been experiencing for the past few years. The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) and the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources are establishing an early flood warning system that will help determine the propensity and intensity of flooding so as to take preventative measures in advance. This is a rare display of prudence by a state department but it is nonetheless commendable as the cycles of annual flooding, despite their predictability at this point, have caused unimaginable destruction to homes and lives as well as usurped funds that the country does not have to spare.

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Male, April 10, 2017: The Indian Ocean nation of the Maldives is working hard to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, seeing it as critical to its wider efforts to make development sustainable and deal with the challenge of climate change.

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April 10, 2017: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide technical assistance to Uttarakhand to help it deal with damage caused by natural disasters especially landslides.

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Kathmandu, Nepal: The Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) will organize the 8th APT Workshop on Disaster Management/Communications (WDMC-8) from 20 to 22 June 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The workshop will be jointly hosted by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC), the Government of Nepal, and Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), and supported by the Extra Budgetary Contributions from Japan.

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Otaru, Hokkaido, April 09, 2017 - Following the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, disaster countermeasures for tourist spots, particularly those catering to foreign visitors, have garnered attention. The harbor city of Otaru in Hokkaido, popular for its many historical buildings, is one municipality among a small but growing number that have started to take a multilingual approach to disaster countermeasures.

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MCLEAN, Va., April 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hurricanes, wildfires, tsunamis and other disasters cannot be stopped, but countries can plan for them — something some areas of the world seem to do better than others, according to a new study published in the journal Risk Analysis.

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April 08, 2017: The federal government rejected a Productivity Commission proposal to increase natural disaster mitigation spending at the same time it attempted to pressure state governments to accept a drastic cut to recovery spending.

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Kingston, Jamaica, April 07, 2017: Jamaica’s communication capability before, during and after disasters is being significantly boosted through a J$1.6-billion (¥1.39-billion/US$12.58-million) grant from the Government of Japan.

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Ulaanbaatar, April 07, 2017: Mongolia has pledged to lead by example and inspire countries across Asia to meet the most pressing target of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a global blueprint for tackling natural and human-induced hazards.

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Cancun, Mexico, 5 April 2017 - In a nation where tourism represents close to one-tenth of the economy, the issue of Mexico’s hotel trade’s resilience to natural hazards is top of the list.

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Faced with preventing a "rare" catastrophic flood event in Brisbane, Seqwater is considering a massive upgrade of Wivenhoe Dam that could raise the dam wall by up to 4 metres.

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Oxford, April 04, 2017: Elizabeth Hausler had no idea that the skills she learnt working as a bricklayer in her father's company in a small town outside Chicago would lead to a career helping thousands of people to rebuild their homes after disasters.

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