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London, September 07, 2016: The GSMA today announced the launch of its Disaster Response Innovation Fund to spur development of mobile technology solutions to assist and empower people and communities affected by humanitarian emergencies, and to strengthen disaster prevention, preparedness and response. The Fund is backed by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and supported by the GSMA and its members.

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August 04, 2017: The country's premier disaster response force NDRF will soon have four more battalions totalling about 4,000 personnel for better reaction and effective reach during calamities.

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Bhubaneswar, July 30, 2017: The State Government on Saturday rushed Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) for rescue operations as new areas in Jajpur, Kendrapara and Dhenkanal districts were inundated by flood waters.

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Guwahati, July 30, 2017: Amidst impressive live demonstrations of various tactics and skills of rescue and relief by the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju inaugurated setting up of Rescue Relief Teams (RRTs) at Dighalpukhri in Assam's Guwahati.

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Srinagar, August 01, 2017: Jammu and Kashmir, a state that has battled various natural disasters for a while and has had to depend on national rescue teams, now has a specialised rescue team to help improve and fasten the process. The teams have been launched by Sashastra Seema Bal or the SSB. It is one of the 18 teams, each comprising 35 personnel, set up across the country.

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July 26, 2017: Google has added a number of emergency features to Maps and Search.

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Port Blair, July 22, 2017: The Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), A & N Branch conducted Mock Drill for DIET trainees on Saturday in the conference hall of the institute at Garacharma. Mr Lucas Robert, Principal, DIET College, appreciated Indian Red Cross Society A & N Branch, for organizing the drill event for the students to help others in the event of any disaster.

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Guwahati, July 01, 2017: In any natural calamity--earthquake or flood--it is the local people, because of their knowledge of the surrounding terrain, act as experts in the rescue and rehabilitation process.

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Srinagar, June 29, 2017: The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) is ill-equipped for the task it is meant to do. Officials of the SDRF department told Kashmir Reader that they lack both equipment and manpower to carry out their work.

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June 29, 2017: A city-wide disaster response drill to test the preparedness of all agencies concerned would be held on Friday, the Delhi government said on Wednesday.

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New Delhi, June 26, 2017: The governments disaster relief force is set to tackle an emergency faster than ever before, taking three times less time to respond to a phone call than it did earlier.

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June 25, 2017: The massive disastrous events continually occur imposing a great threat to the present day human civilization, particularly on the aspects of development and socio-economic arena of people. The frequency and magnitude of the natural and human induced disasters are on the rise. When a disaster strikes, it hits hard and affects the low income countries where poverty, poor and inadequate infrastructure further make the situation worse.

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Cape Town, South Africa, June 23, 2017: Modern drones stand to offer multi-faceted support in combating forest fires and disaster relief operations.

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June 23, 2017: Communication and coordination are vital to the handling of any major disaster. In the case of floods and hurricanes, telecoms infrastructure is often the first thing to go under. Without it, first responders can find it difficult to communicate effectively – with each other and with people that need help. That’s where Verizon’s drone-enabled network infrastructure can come to the rescue.

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May 22, 2017: He got injured badly. But nobody helped him. His family was not in a position to help him out. Government was unmoved. And in the meanwhile somebody informed him about them. They took him to the hospital and today he is playing with us like he used to. She was an orphan, nobody was taking care of her. She was new to this world. Her parents had died in a deadly accident, when she was only 8. Somehow, managed to live. A great man adopted her. But no one took interest in her. From nowhere, some angel came and told her about them. That girl is today married to a pious man. Engaged and absorbed in social works. She has earned a lot of fame. Our neighbours house was burnt mysteriously to ashes. Poor family was hopeless. Tried hard to get some government aid. Fake sympathy and false promises were made. Only made and never fulfilled. All of a sudden, some help came. They didn't disclosed the name. New house was built. Family survived and lived again. Who saved that family from hunger and death? Who saved his life? Who arranged her marriage? An NGO!

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Margao, May 21, 2017: With search operations conducted by the National Disaster Rescue Force (NRDF) team in the Sanvordem bridge collapse disaster yielding no more results, and with no reports of missing persons being filed, the South Goa district administration authorities called off the search operations on Saturday.

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April 14, 2017: Philippines is the 4th most disaster-prone country in the world. When a natural disasters hits we are completely wiped out. In remote and rural parts of the Philippines, telecommunications networks can be spotty most of the times. This scenario is willing to change thanks to the Internet Society’s Philippines Chapter new project supported by Beyond the Net Funding Programme.

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April 13, 2017: The workshop on the review of the National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) concluded here today, on a high note with fruitful discussions and inputs from all stakeholders. The two-day workshop was organised by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

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Reno County, Kansas, April 12, 2017: Reno County law enforcement officials are working to improve how they respond in times of disaster after wildfires tore through the area in early March.

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April 09, 2017: As Rockhampton residents braced for a nine-metre-high major flood this week, efforts were bolstered by some of the 1600 Australian Defence Force troops deployed to help cope with Cyclone Debbie and its aftermath.

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April 10, 2017: As the clean-up from Cyclone Debbie continues in Queensland, the state's Small Business Minister, Leeanne Enoch says...more support is being offered, to speed up the recovery effort. Disaster assistance has now been activated for small businesses affected in Logan, the Scenic Rim and the Gold Coast. It includes concessional loans of up to $250,000 for small business, with Ms.Enoch saying it should go a long way.

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Aizawl, April 07, 2017: Mizoram government today allocated Rs two crore as emergency disaster fund to take up works to prevent further sinking of land in Hunthar locality of Aizawl, an official statement said.

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April 03, 2017: President Donald Trump approved a declaration of a “major disaster” in California over the weekend, freeing up federal funds for flood relief in several rural counties in response to requests from Governor Jerry Brown and local residents.

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Illinois, April 03, 2017: Throughout April, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies will highlight ways Illinois residents can help their communities be more resilient.

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Manila, Philippines, April 02, 2017: The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) yesterday launched a contest to name its 195-foot military prototype vessel, the country’s first humanitarian and disaster response vessel.

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April 02, 2017: Gold Coast’s Disaster Management Centre remains open, with the city now in recovery mode after Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie ripped through the region on Thursday.

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March 30, 2017: The APL Austria container ship which caught ablaze last month and was forced to dock at the Port of Ngqura has sailed to Durban for more repair work.

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March 29, 2017: Experts in the social work field are looking at forming a province-wide network that will help them respond to future natural disasters in Alberta.

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March 28, 2017: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball activated a disaster response plan after Cyclone Debbie hammered the north-east coast of the country particularly Queensland. The category 4 storm recorded peak gusts to 270 km per hour, caused major destruction and cut power to thousands of homes in the region.

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March 25, 2017: Amid the backdrop of a new Congress and administration and the continued divisiveness from a hard-fought election, the need for governing continues. Among this is ensuring that the bipartisan work on improving our nation’s disaster resilience moves forward: primarily the ability to meet the unique needs of children in disasters.

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March 24, 2017: The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has created a set of best practices and recommended policies for agencies using drones in disaster and emergency response situations.

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March 26, 2017: The Australian Defence Force will today deploy a taskforce to “save human life” and “alleviate human suffering” in support of disaster crews across North Queensland ahead of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

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Kolkata, March 23, 2017: In a bid to tackle any emergency situation in a better way, the state Disaster Management department is setting up an Emergency Operation Cell in the state secretariat, Nabanna.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tropical Cyclone Enawo affects approximately 434,000 people in Madagascar
  • USAID assists cyclone-affected populations in Madagascar and Mozambique
  • Food security conditions in Southern Africa likely to improve when April/May harvests begin
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Luxembourg, March 22, 2017: SES offers a broad range of solutions to support humanitarian and disaster relief efforts across the globe. Some of them were showcased during the Humanitarian ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Forum organised by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), and held on the 21 and 22 March in Mountain View, California.

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March 15, 2017: Armed forces are now playing a growing humanitarian role in disaster relief. What other actions need to be taken?

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March 16, 2017: President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for California to address damage from January storms that were part of the state’s extremely wet winter.

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Idaho, March 16, 2017: Latah County commissioners approved a resolution Wednesday declaring a disaster emergency in Latah County due to flooding and severe damage caused by rain and snow.

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Pakistan is highly vulnerable to disasters such as floods, earthquakes, droughts, landslides, tsunamis and storms, in large part as a result of climate change. In 2010 monsoon rains resulted in massive floods across most regions of the country, causing the deaths of 20,000 people and affecting another 20 million. Floods in 2011 swept across areas that had still not recovered from the devastating floods a year before. Earthquakes of different levels of severity have also occurred in some parts of the country, which is situated on two major fault lines, making it one of the most earthquake-prone parts of the world. Government operations against militant groups have also caused widespread insecurity.

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March 16, 2017: Imagine billowing wisps of smoke rising into the sky, signaling the telltale signs of a fire, as first responders rally to rescue casualties from an earthquake that struck just off the coast. Okinawa is flooded with debris from damaged buildings. Rescue efforts are underway and civilians are evacuated to some of the nearby military installations. What happens after the natural disaster is over and everyone is rescued?

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Kuala Lumpur, March 15, 2017: Malaysia's northeastern state of Kelantan on Wednesday (Mar 15) declared a disaster to fight the outbreak of H5N1 avian flu after the virus spread to two more districts - Pasir Putih and Bachok.

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March 15, 2017: The city will soon have a City Disaster Rescue Force (CDRF) cell which will combat emergency situations like the National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) team.

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March 13, 2017: For more than a decade, Lieutenant-Colonel (NS) Mohan Tiru was ready to leave the country at a moment's notice when disaster struck the region. Although the 50-year-old completed his reservist last year, the black bag he took on such trips, stocked with items such as a Swiss army knife, water bottle and mosquito coils, still sits in his home.

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Tokyo, March 11, 2017: Singapore is keeping in place curbs on food imports from Fukushima, which six years ago on Saturday (March 11) was hit by an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, said the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA).

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March 11, 2017: A powerful earthquake rocked northern Japan early on Tuesday, briefly disrupting cooling functions at a nuclear plant and generating a small tsunami that hit the same Fukushima region devastated by a 2011 quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.

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March 09, 2017: The Banfield Foundation has announced plans to provide disaster response grants to fund two new veterinary medical units: one for the operations of American Humane's new west coast animal rescue truck and another for the Texas A&M University Veterinary Emergency Team (VET)'s first-ever fully equipped truck-based veterinary medical unit.

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New Orleans, March 10, 2017: What do you do if you are a disaster manager in a coastal city when a powerful earthquake hits offshore?

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March 09, 2017: On June 3, 2016, a Union Pacific train carrying thousands of gallons of Bakken crude oil derailed in the town of Mosier, Oregon. The derailment sparked a fire, which burned about a quarter acre of land, and sent some 42,000 of crude oil spilling into the soil, wastewater system, and — in small amounts — Columbia River.

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March 09, 2017: Hunters massacre hundreds of radioactive wild boars infected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster as numbers of contaminated swine boom in reactor’s exclusion zone. Army of infected hogs took over towns evacuated after the catastrophe - and now refuse to leave.

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March 08, 2017: The White House is weighing billions of dollars in cuts to disaster relief, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the TSA in order to pay for President Donald Trump’s multi-billion dollar wall on the U.S. southern border.

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