Three dead as wildfire in south Turkey rages on

Plumes of black smoke rise from the forest around Manavgat, 75 km (45 miles) east of the resort city of Antalya, Turkey, Jul 28, 2021. REUTERS

Efforts to rescue others and extinguish the blaze continued after more than 100 people were evacuated, required medical treatment or suffered property damage. Television footage showed burnt buildings and people fleeing across fields as firefighters backed by helicopters battled blazes that were in some cases near tourist destinations. Hot weather and strong winds caused fires […]

Once its strength, water now threatens Germany

German Bundeswehr soldiers rescue a German national flag as they help to clean up following heavy rainfalls, in Bad Muenstereifel, North Rhine-Westphalia state, Germany, July 21, 2021. REUTERS

Then floods laid waste to its medieval streets and half-timbered buildings, highlighting the vulnerability of Europe’s top economy to an increasingly unpredictable climate. Beyond the town, the flooding stretched from an area close to the western city of Cologne down to southern Bavaria, hitting the historic centres of Aachen and Trier and leaving a trail […]

‘No one is safe’: extreme weather batters the wealthy world

A sign warns of extreme heat in Death Valley, California, US, July 11, 2021. REUTERS/Bridget Bennett

Only days before in the northwestern United States, a region famed for its cool, foggy weather, hundreds had died of heat. In Canada, wildfire had burned a village off the map. Moscow reeled from record temperatures. And this weekend the northern Rocky Mountains were bracing for yet another heat wave as wildfires spread across 12 […]

Disaster induced water crisis in Gabura

File photo of flooding caused by Cyclone Amphan. Photo: Kazi Fazla Rabbi While the government and non-profit organizations are doing their best to help out, it is still unlikely the plight of these people are going to end soon Another cyclone season is here. Experience of the cyclone season varies from where you are reading […]

‘Ecological disaster’ feared as Greece battles forest fire

‘Ecological disaster’ feared as Greece battles forest fire

Hundreds of firefighters battled Greece’s first major forest fire of the summer on Saturday, as experts warned of a “huge ecological disaster” in the nature conservation area near Athens. The fire, which broke out late Wednesday in the Geraneia mountains some 90 kilometres (55 miles) west of the capital, is “one of the biggest in […]

Australia floods hit new areas as disaster worsens

Australia floods hit new areas as disaster worsens

Authorities warned the flooding disaster on Australia’s east coast is “far from over” as thousands more residents were put on evacuation alert Tuesday and volunteers rescued hundreds from rising floodwaters. Torrential downpours have been lashing Australia’s southeast for days, causing rivers in Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, to reach peaks not seen in […]

India’s glacier disaster highlights Himalayan dangers

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 9, 2021, a general view shows debris of Rishi Ganga hydroelectric power plant on the Rishi Ganga River, near Raini Chak Lata in Chamoli district following a flash flood thought to have been caused when a glacier broke off on February 7. – Long before this month’s […]

India disaster highlights pressure on Asia’s great rivers

People walk past a destroyed dam after a Himalayan glacier broke and crashed into the dam at Raini Chak Lata village in Chamoli district, northern state of Uttarakhand India on February 7, 2021 Reuters A major study in 2019 suggested Himalayan glaciers had melted twice as fast since the turn of the century as in […]

Improving disaster management

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Helal Uddin Ahmed | Published: January 06, 2021 20:56:37 Natural disasters in Bangladesh and the losses accruing as a result have increased in recent years due to the adverse impacts of climate change. In fact, Bangladesh occupied seventh position in global ranking and stood third among the countries most hit by natural disasters, according to […]