Natural Disasters

Combating food insecurity and displacement in drought-hit parts of Afghanistan

KABUL, 22 April 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Ghor is one of the Afghan provinces most severely affected by consecutive droughts over the past few decades, creating alarming food shortages and displacement. Authorities admit the government’s weakness has prevented the implementation of large-scale, long-term responses like water management projects. Instead, aid workers have turned to small-scale projects, which they admit cannot solve all the community's problems, but have had some positive impact. full report

Survival of the biggest - side-lining of local NGOs in disasters

LONDON, 21 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - Five days after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, Paul Valentin was giving a TV interview in his role as international director of Christian Aid. full report

Bigger, badder - the challenge of urban disasters

MANILA, 16 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - Responding to the devastation wrought by disasters in cities requires relief workers to adjust to the unique constraints and demands of specific urban settings, experts and aid workers say. full report

New-concept flood insurance could help Bangladesh's poor

DHAKA, 11 April 2014 (IRIN Asia) - A new insurance scheme in which pre-determined flood thresholds trigger speedy compensation offers hope for poor people in flood-prone Bangladesh, experts say. full report

Kariba Dam collapse fears and disaster preparedness in Zimbabwe

HARARE, 9 April 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Could fears of the imminent collapse of the more than five-decade-old Kariba Dam on the Zambezi river between Zimbabwe and Zambia spur Zimbabwe into more effective disaster preparedness? full report

Kenya’s Sharia-friendly livestock insurance

WAJIR, 9 April 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A mutual insurance scheme based on Islamic Sharia law has been launched to reduce the impact of extreme weather events on pastoral livelihoods in Kenya’s arid northern regions where perennial drought often decimates thousands of livestock. full report

Predicting disease outbreaks in a changing climate

JOHANNESBURG, 4 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - Satellite and other new technologies could be deployed to help predict disease outbreaks and give us more time to devise strategies to counteract them, suggests the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report,which cites examples of how weather information can be used in the battle against deadly pathogens. full report

Analysis: How effective is Pakistan’s disaster authority?

ISLAMABAD, 3 April 2014 (IRIN Asia) - The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was set up shortly after the 2005 quake that killed at least 87,000 people in northern Pakistan to act as the “implementing, coordinating and monitoring body” for disaster management. full report

Mutant wheat fungus alarms food experts

JOHANNESBURG, 2 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - Outbreaks of a deadly fungal disease in wheat crops in Germany and Ethiopia in 2013 have had the scientific community buzzing over the threat posed to global food security. full report

Women: Victims of conflict or agents of change?

DUBAI, 27 March 2014 (IRIN Global) - Women are the biggest victims in natural disasters and conflicts, yet they are also the most resourceful, experts told an aid conference in Dubai. Thus, aid agencies should do more to develop women as agents for change and development. full report

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