Transformation: Initiatives Towards Resilience
Can cutting edge innovations that integrate disaster risk reduction with climate change adaptation transform our views on risk from the standpoint of individuals, institutions and investments that shape resilience?
This issue of Southasiadisasters.net offers an unusual range of such examples from India, prevalent not only in this country but all across South Asia. AIDMI's two decades of work in South Asia has shown that "Uncertainty" is an opportunity for transformation.
New research shows that in Bangladesh, heat wave predictability exists from a few days to several weeks in advance, which could save thousands of lives.
In the United States, extreme heat events have killed more people in the last 30 years than has any other weather-related phenomenon. In Europe, at least 136,835 people died due to heat-related health complications between 2000-2016, which represents more than 87 % of all disaster-related deaths in that area.
Budapest / Geneva, 4 August 2017 — Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers are on the ground in towns, cities and beaches as record temperatures sweep much of southern and central Europe.
According to weather reports, south and central Europe are experiencing the highest August temperatures in more than a decade. The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre in the Netherlands says this is indicative of a trend that has seen hotter summers become more common.
- A persistent heatwave and heavy downpours are affecting Chitral and Gilgit Baltistan. Overflows, and consequent flash floods and landslides, are expected.
- Monsoon flooding nationwide has already caused 98 deaths, out of which 35 children, 112 injuries and 286 damaged houses. The worst hit province in terms of casualties is Punjab, with 30 deaths and 70 injuries. The worst hit provinces in terms of infrastructure are Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Kashmir.
- Provincial disaster management authorities have responded with food and non-food items.
Researchers said it is likely that millions of people in South Asia will be forced to move
By Chris Arsenault
TORONTO, Aug 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change could make much of South Asia - home to a fifth of the world's population - too hot for human survival by the end of this century, scientists warned on Wednesday.
BEIJING, June 22 (Xinhua) -- China's meteorological authority renewed an orange alert Saturday evening as a heat wave is expected to sweep across many areas of the country.
On Sunday, much of central and southern China will be in the grip of the heat wave with temperatures in parts of Shanghai as well as Henan, Shandong and Fujian provinces hitting 37-39 degrees Celsius, according to the National Meteorological Center (NMC).
Some areas are even likely to see temperatures surpass 40 degrees Celsius, it added.
NEW DELHI — In summer, life becomes intolerable for rickshaw puller Mohammad Khan.
“I keep running into the shade to save myself from the sun,” he said as he waited for midafternoon customers in a busy New Delhi market.
Like millions of others, Khan is experiencing on the ground what a recent study has highlighted: Heat waves in India have become deadlier and further global warming could take a “relatively drastic” human toll in the coming years.
La Coordinación Nacional de Protección Civil dio a conocer el aviso de término de la Declaratoria de Emergencia que se emitió el pasado 03 de julio de 2017, por la presencia de ondas cálidas del 19 al 23 de junio de 2017 en municipios de Chihuahua.
La Coordinación Nacional de Protección Civil emitió una Declaratoria de Emergencia, por la presencia de ondas cálidas ocurridas en los siguientes periodos: del 19 al 23 de junio de 2017 en municipios del estado de Chihuahua.
BEIJING, July 13 (Xinhua) -- China's central government has allocated funds for drought relief in the north of the country as a heat wave continues to scorch many areas.
A total of 145 million yuan (21.39 million U.S. dollars) has been transferred to local authorities for measures including ensuring the supply of drinking water for people and livestock, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF).
BEIJING, July 11 (Xinhua) -- A heat wave will expand from northern China to central and eastern regions in the coming three days, the meteorological agency reported Tuesday.
On Monday, much of northern China saw temperatures in parts of Hebei, Shaanxi, Shanxi and Xinjiang hit 42 degrees Celsius, according to the National Meteorological Center.
Maximum temperatures broke records across Gansu, Ningxia, Shaanxi Sichuan and Xinjiang.
June 2017 extended the spell of “exceptional global warmth” that has now lasted since mid-2015, according to the latest analysis from the Europe Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting Copernicus Climate Change Service. Average surface air temperatures were the second hottest on record, after June 2016.
More rain is forecast in coming days
BEIJING, July 3 (Reuters) - Torrential rain lashed parts of central and south China on Monday, with floods damaging crops, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes and killing at least 33, while the north wilted in a heat wave and drought-like conditions.
Parts of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the United States of America have seen extremely high May and June temperatures, with a number of records broken. The heatwaves are unusually early and are occurring as the Earth experiences another exceptionally warm year.
As climate change picks up pace, "for heatwaves, our options are now between bad or terrible," says one researcher By Manipadma Jena
BHUBANESWAR, India, June 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly one in three people around the world is already exposed to deadly heatwaves, and that will rise to nearly half of people by 2100 even if the world moves aggressively to cut climate-changing emissions, scientists warned Monday.
The World Meteorological Organization’s Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) has been extended to the Eastern Caribbean. An expert group meeting took place at the National Hurricane Centre in Miami, USA, from 23 to 26 May 2017 to develop the implementation plan for the sub-project.
The first milestone has been reached in developing a multi-hazard early warning advisory system for South-East Europe to improve forecasts and warnings about hazards such as floods, severe storms, droughts and heat-waves, which have caused serious damages in the region in recent years.