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  • India

    Future shocks

    Future shocks

    Devastating earthquakes are waiting to strike India

  • Sri Lanka

    Calling Dx Pedition

    Calling Dx Pedition

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  • Threat of mega quake looms large in Bangladesh

    Threat of mega quake looms large in Bangladesh

    With the southeastern parts of Bangladesh experiencing a number of mild to moderate tremors since July 27, it is feared that a major earthquake is set to rock the region in the near future

  • Sri Lanka

    KILLING CYCLONE

    At least eight people were killed in Sri Lanka and about half a million forced to evacuate their homes when a cyclone hit the northeastern parts of the island on December 26. The cyclone was

  • Sri Lanka

    Salt of the sea

    Disasters often help science researchers to understand natural phenomenon closely, and the Asian tsunami is no different.

  • Pakistan

    Death tremors

    Death tremors

    On October 8, 2005, a powerful earthquake, measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale, rocked Pakistan and India's northern border. More than 30,000 died and there was widespread damage. The death toll is

  • Sri Lanka

    Their Misery Continues

    Their Misery Continues

    Post tsunami relief work in Sri Lanka is bogged down by corruption, inefficiency and political machinations

  • Sri Lanka

    Mission impossible

    Mission impossible

    Post Tsunami Sri Lanka traverses the snag infested path to disaster management

  • Training on disaster management beings

    A seven-day training programme titled 'Regional learning by doing VCA (vulnerable capacity assessment) exercise' started at a city hotel yesterday, says a press release. Bangladesh Red Crescent Society together with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent organised the training. Bangladesh Red Crescent Society Chairman Prof Dr Mohammed Abdur Rabb inaugurated the training programme. Through this training we could assist better the most vulnerable people during natural disaster, Abdur Rabb said in his speech. Members of the sister national societies from Canada, Mexico, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Nepal are attending the training. Bangladesh Red Crescent Society secretary general and Head of Delegation of the Federation Selvaratnam Sinnaduarai were also present in the inaugural ceremony.

  • $65m Japanese loan for disaster rehabilitation

    Japan and Bangladesh signed an agreement in Tokyo yesterday concerning Japanese loan assistance of US$ 65 million for 'emergency disaster damage rehabilitation' project in the country. Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, who is now visiting Japan, and Masahiko Koumura, minister for foreign affairs of Japan, signed the agreement after their bilateral meeting, said a release from the Japan embassy. Japanese Ambassador Masayuki Inoue pledged the loan to Finance Adviser Dr Mirza Azizul Islam last month. The rehabilitation project under the loan will be started following the signed agreement. Asian Development Bank (ADB) is co-financing the loan. The objective of the project is to support 'quick restoration of economic and social activity' in the areas damaged by the floods and cyclone, through providing quick-disbursement type of import financing for essential agricultural commodities. Rehabilitating and reconstructing damaged public infrastructure, thereby contributing to sustainable economic growth, are also among the objectives. Japan has been assisting disaster mitigation and damage recovery of Bangladesh for long. For recovery from the damage caused by cyclone Sidr, Japan already has provided emergency relief goods equivalent to about US$ 327,100 and emergency grant aid through UN agencies equivalent to US$ 3.7 million. Japan has already started the assessment procedure for construction of additional cyclone shelters in affected area. In addition, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is planning to support for rehabilitation of rural infrastructures with Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) and water supply facilities with the Department of Public Health and Engineering (DPHE) under technical cooperation projects.

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