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19 Jul 2013 description

A lack of co-operation between South Asian countries is preventing timely flood warnings that could save lives and property during the monsoon season.

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11 Jul 2013 description

By Fiona Graham

Technology of business reporter, BBC News

Living in an earthquake zone adds a certain spice to life.

To the normal catastrophes of day-to-day existence, you can add the possibility that the earth will open up underneath you and swallow you whole.

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27 Apr 2013 description

By Mark Kinver

Environment reporter, BBC News

A hybrid farmland grass, developed by a team of UK researchers, could help reduce flooding, a study has shown.

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29 Mar 2012 description


In 2008, a BBC World Service Trust policy briefing argued that people affected by earthquakes, floods or other emergencies often lacked the information they needed to survive and that this only added to their stress and anxiety. Left in the Dark: the unmet need for information in humanitarian emergencies maintained that humanitarian agencies were increasingly effective and coordinated in getting food, water, shelter and medical help to people affected by disasters, but were neglecting the need to get often life-saving information to them.