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Several thousand families homeless in Mirpur – 7 slum fire

Dhaka, Aug 17 (UNB) – There is nothing new in slum fire in Dhaka city. When it happens, it leaves thousands of people in deep despair. Over 20,000 slum dwellers turned paupers within hours in Friday night’s fast-moving fire in the city’s Mirpur area. “We’ve lost all that we had — fans, utensils, clothes and money whatever. We’ve been left ... Read More »

Inclement weather affects 22,000 Rohingyas in camps

Cox’s Bazar, July 11 – An estimated 22,000 Rohingyas were affected since the beginning of July as rain and storm battered the cramped camps. The situation is worse in this monsoon compared to 2018. The total number of Rohingyas affected in July last year was 19,000. In a report, the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) said that at least 5,600 ... Read More »

The Tivare Dam disaster in Maharashtra, India

July 6, 2019 SANDRP Late that night of July 2, shouts of “Dharan Futla, Dharan Futla” (The dam has breached!) saved the already-scared 62-year-old Narayan Gaikwad and his family, as the family ran to a nearby hill. Tivare Dam (Longitude: 73° 42′ 0″; Latitude: 17° 36′ 0″ as per CWC’s National Register of Large Dams), across a rivulet in the ... Read More »

$4 bn must to protect 41 mn children from conflict, disaster

Tens of millions of children living through conflict, disaster and other emergencies in dozens of countries urgently need protection, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday, in an appeal for $3.9 billion to support its humanitarian work around the world. Speaking in Geneva, the agency’s Director of Emergency Operations, Manuel Fontaine, warned that conflict is at a 30-year high: “There’s ... Read More »

‘Disaster’ still feared as Hurricane Florence’s winds weaken

Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a category two storm as it approaches the US but officials still warn of a “disaster at the doorstep”. Florence’s winds may have dropped to 110mph (175km/h) but its slow-moving nature could mean it lingers for days, bringing catastrophic flooding. Some 10 million people are now under some form of storm watch. Read More »

Chile landslide destroys village, kills at least five

A landslide caused by torrential rain has killed at least five people in southern Chile and has destroyed dozens of houses. Fifteen people are missing in the remote village of Villa Santa Lucía in the country’s lake region, popular with tourists. President Michelle Bachelet has declared a state of emergency in the area. Thousands remain without electricity and cut off ... Read More »

Maritime ports asked to hoist local cautionary signal no 3

Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist local cautionary signal no three as the low pressure area over Gangetic West Bengal and adjoining area moved slightly northward and now lies over West Bengal and adjoining Bihar area. Under its influence deep convection is continuing over North Bay and adjoining areas, said a Met ... Read More »

Wildfires continue to rage in Russia’s Far East

Wildfires have destroyed 437 hectares of firs and pine trees in five areas in Russia’s Far East over the past 24 hours, local forestry department reported Tuesday. Magadan area suffered the most, with 423 hectares of taiga caught in raging flames, it said, adding that wildfires were also reported in Yakutsk, Amur, Khabarovsk, and Kamchatka. “A total of 102 people, ... Read More »

Rescuers rush to trapped residents as Japan quakes kill 41

Army troops and other rescuers rushed Saturday to try to reach scores of trapped residents after a pair of strong earthquakes in southwestern Japan killed at least 41 people, injured about 1,500 and left hundreds of thousands without electricity or water.Rain was forecast to pound the area overnight, threatening to further complicate the relief operation and set off more mudslides ... Read More »

US warns of Mosul dam collapse in northern Iraq

The US embassy in Baghdad has warned the risk of the Mosul Dam collapsing is “serious and unprecedented” and has urged people to be ready to evacuate. Maintenance work was disrupted after the dam was briefly seized by militants from so-called Islamic State in 2014. If the dam burst, floodwaters could kill 1.47 million Iraqis living along the River Tigris, ... Read More »

When New York under massive blizzard

The massive blizzard that walloped New York on Saturday came up one-tenth of an inch short of history. The storm dumped a whopping 26.8 inches of snow on the city, just short of the record set in 2006 and the second most snowfall since the city began keeping records in 1869. Read More »

Demolish tilted building at Mohammadpur in a week: Rajuk

The authorities have given the owners of a tilted building at Mohammadpur in Dhaka seven days to demolish it. The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK), the capital development authority, gave the order on Monday. It declared the four-storied building at Tajmahal Road to be ‘risky’ after the edifice tilted and leaned against an adjacent building on Saturday. The residents were evacuated ... Read More »

El Nino weather ‘could be as bad as 1998’, says Nasa

The US space agency Nasa has warned that the effects of the current El Nino weather phenomenon could be as bad as those of 1998, the strongest on record. That El Nino played havoc with world weather systems and was blamed for several extreme weather events. The current El Nino has been linked to several floods and unusually warm conditions ... Read More »

Texas tornadoes: ‘Eleven killed’ in Dallas suburbs

Dhaka – Eleven people are reported to have been killed in Texas after new tornadoes, raising the death toll to 26 in a week of storms in several US states. Local media said five people in cars were probably blown off a motorway in Garland, near Dallas. Another three bodies were found in nearby towns, reports BBC. Ten people earlier ... Read More »

4 rescued over 100 missing in Indonesia passenger boat sinking

Makassar, Dec 20 — At least four survivors were pulled from choppy waters in central Indonesia on Sunday as high waves and bad weather hampered attempts to reach a sinking passenger boat with more than 120 people aboard, officials said. Fishermen found four people, including a woman and a child wearing life jackets early Sunday. They told authorities that their ... Read More »