KHULNA: Cyclone Fani weakened to a depression as it barrelled into Bangladesh on Saturday after leaving a trail of deadly destruction in India, although a major human disaster looked to have been averted. Press reports said 12 people had died in India and police in Bangladesh put the death toll there at the same number - a fraction of the casualty numbers seen in past cyclones, earning authorities praise from the United Nations. With 1.2 million evacuated in India’s Odisha state, more than 1.6 million people were taken to shelters in Bangladesh, officials told AFP, with at least 36 villages flooded by a storm surge and more than 2,000 homes destroyed. “Six people died after they were hit by falling trees or collapsed walls, and six have died from lightning,“ Bangladeshi disaster official Benazir Ahmed told AFP. In the coastal town of Banishanta, where embankments burst and some 250 families were marooned overnight, most houses were semi-submerged under water while a … [Read more...] about Major disaster averted as weakened Fani hits Bangladesh
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has announced a toll of 30 people killed, six others still missing and losses of around Rp 144 billion (US$10.3 million) in the floods and landslides that occurred in Bengkulu following extreme rainfall on April 26 and 27. "[Total] losses may increase, as the Bengkulu Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) is still collecting data on the impacts of the floods and landslides. The figure could be higher, considering the wide area affected by the floods," BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement on Wednesday. The BNPB recorded that 554 houses were heavily damaged, 160 were moderately damaged and 511 were lightly damaged. In addition, seven schools were heavily damaged and one school was lightly damaged, while seven other schools were submerged in mud. While 74.28 percent of the electricity service had been restored by April 30, thousands of households still did … [Read more...] about BNPB records 30 fatalities, Rp 144b losses in Bengkulu disaster
Airing every Tuesday at 8am, with a same day encore at 9pm, the five-part mini-series stars Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard and Emily Watson. The series is available in Thailand on HBO GO via AIS Play and AIS Playbox. “Chernobyl” is written, created and executive produced by Craig Mazin and directed by Johan Renck (“Breaking Bad”). On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union suffered a massive explosion that released radioactive material across Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe. Jared Harris portrays Valery Legasov, a leading Soviet nuclear physicist. As part of the response team, he is one of the first to grasp the scope of the unparalleled disaster that has occurred. Stellan Skarsgard plays Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina, who is assigned by the Kremlin to lead the government commission on Chernobyl in the hours immediately following the accident. … [Read more...] about Chernobyl disaster brought to the small screen
RUGGED, MILITARY-GRADE LAPTOPS Used by journalist Ed Lingao when covering war zones Lingao goes beneath the surface to find the larger story in the hotspots he's in. He writes his pieces on a laptop built for the kind of business he's in. It stands up to wear and tear on the field and is resistant to dust and water. It can be banged around and stepped on but will continue to function. Coming with slings and straps (no bags needed), these laptops cost as little as PHP 4,000 used, and as much as USD 4,000 brand new. These laptops are sold to the military, police emergency units, or construction companies. You may also like: Run, gun, and win: a day with the Philippine Army Shooting Team ANCXperts: Where to source WWII replica gear In full battle gear: a weekend in the jungle with World War II re-enactors Soldiers of time: A brief history of military wristwatches Combat mode: 6 contemporary timepieces with military pedigree Every day is a battle, so arm yourself. General Dynamics GoBook … [Read more...] about Tech tools that can withstand wars, disasters, name it–as per these men with high-risk jobs
The beautiful, sun-kissed islands of our tourism paradise of the Philippines have the mixed blessings of abundant natural resources, fertile volcanic soil and also lots of natural disasters once in a while, such as earthquakes, volcanoes erupting, typhoons, and others. How can businesses — most especially the numerous micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) — be prepared for any natural or manmade disasters? How can small enterprises and professionals survive calamities and accidents? The following is not based just on textbook research or interviews, but I personally suffered a destructive accidental fire in one of my businesses and it was caused by the fire from a next-door neighbor’s business (which had mysteriously been allowed to operate by the fire department without any fire extinguishers, while my staff had to use up to 13 units of 10-kilo and 20-kilo fire extinguishers). Here are suggestions for all of us: Review and be sure to update your … [Read more...] about How can small businesses & professionals prepare for disasters?