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India Natural Disasters 2015

This list contains all major natural disasters in India in 2015 with detail report. Click for most recent natural disasters in India November 2015 November 14: Severe weather in Chennai Severe weather in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu has claimed lives of atleast 55 people, including 27 in Cuddalore district alone. October 2015 October10: Earthquake in Darjeeling Magnitude 4.5 earthquake hit Sikkim at 07:18 am Saturday morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) reported. October 5: Lightning and thunderstorm across Maharashtra Lightning and thunderstorm across Maharashtra, India have claimed lives of at least 26 people in the past 24 hours. September 2015 September 7: Lightning strikes in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa Lightning strikes in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa have claimed lives of at least 32 people. August 2015 August 18: Landslide in Manikaran Sahib Gurdwara of Himachal Pradesh Massive landslide in Manikara

United States Natural Disasters 2015

This list contains all major natural disasters in United States in 2015 with detail report. Click for most recent natural disasters in United States December 2015 December 27: Tornado in Garland, Texas Eight people have died by tornado in Garland, Texas, raising the death toll to 26 in a week of storms in several US states. December 24: Severe storm system in parts of the South and Midwest United States Severe storm system in parts of the South and Midwest United States claimed lives of at least six  people on Wednesday, bringing several tornadoes in Indiana, Illinois, Mississippi and Tennessee.  December 22: Avalanche in southern Montana An avalanche in southern Montana has claimed life of a snowmobiler. November 2015 November 19: Severe storm in Washington state Severe storm in Washington state has claimed lives of three people and left about 185,000 homes and businesses without power. November 9: Massive sinkhole in Mississippi A massive sinkhole has swallowed 15 cars

Recent flooding in Sri Lanka kills 24, leaves 8 missing

Recent flooding in Sri Lanka has claimed lives of 24 people and left 8 others missing, Dailymirror has written quoting the National Disaster Management Centre. The floods have also destroyed 4,593 houses and damaged further 14,649 houses. According to the Daily News, eight bodies have been recovered in the Rilpola Haliela landslide affected area in Badulla and another seven persons are still missing.

Flash flood in Kelantan, Malaysia kills 5; toll 10

The worst flooding in Malaysia in more than a decade has claimed lives of at least 10 people including five in the worst-hit state of Kelantan. The flood situation in Kelantan is still critical with 111,376 victims at the relief centres this afternoon, Bernama, The National News Agency of Malaysia reported.

How can we prepare for natural disasters? – Best ways

It's important to know how we can prepare for natural disasters with proper emergency preparedness plan for less natural disasters damage. We have developed several natural disasters early warning system which provides warnings of natural disasters before they impact people and property. However, in spite of all the capabilities for advance warnings, we are still quite poor at preparing for these natural disasters. By 2015, on average over 375 million people per year are likely to be affected by natural disasters. This is over 50% more than have been affected in an average year during the last decades,  a 2009 Oxfam report has mentioned forecasting the natural disasters 2015 statistics . But there are many things we can do before a natural disaster strikes to prepare ourselves. We should know what our risks are and prepare to protect ourselves, our family and community. Below are three important ways as how can we prepare for natural disasters. Register for Nat

India launches SMS-based weather alert system

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Christmas day launched a SMS-based weather alert system for general public for disseminating of natural disaster information . IMD will send weather alert SMS to individuals who register themselves at the weather forecaster's official website - According to NDTV, the system will provide alerts on cyclones, tsunami and other weather-related natural calamities.

North India cold wave claims 12 more lives, toll 92

North India cold wave claimed 12 more lives in the 24 hours leading to Wednesday evening, taking the death toll due to the extreme winter to 92 since December 1, The Times of India reported. The state government has sanctioned Rs 1.63 crore for 75 districts in UP, around Rs 3.45 lakh for each district for providing relief from the cold wave.

Malaysia floods displace 90,000; biggest flood evacuees in nation's history

The floods ravaging five states in Malaysia have displaced 90,250 people. It is the biggest number of flood evacuees in the nation's history, National news agency of Malaysia, Bernama, reported. The highest number of flood evacuees are in Kelantan (32,343), followed by Terengganu (28,991), Pahang (24,316), Perak (4,335) and Perlis (265).

Natural disasters 2015 will hurt 50% more people!

By 2015, on average over 375 million people per year are likely to be affected by natural disasters. This is over 50% more than have been affected in an average year during the last decade,  a 2009 Oxfam report had mentioned forecasting the natural disasters 2015 statistics.

Mississippi tornadoes kill 4; emergency declared

Tornadoes in Mississippi, the southeastern state of United States, have claimed lives of at least four people and injured 20 others, The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency confirmed. Two people died in Marion County, Mississippi, and two more in Jones County, state Emergency Management Agency spokesman Brett Carr confirmed to the Huffington Post.

Sri Lanka flash flood maroons over 35,000

Torrential rains and flashfloods in Sri Lanka have marooned more than 35,000 people, disaster management officials said on Sunday. According to the National Disaster Management Centre, around 30,000 people are from the worst hit Batticaloa district in eastern Sri Lanka. Nearly 14,000 people are having shelter in 107 welfare camps.

Storm damage prompts emergency in San Mateo County

A state of emergency has been declared in San Mateo County after recent rain and windstorms caused an estimated $3.4 million damage. The emergency declaration could make state and federal aid available to pay for repairs and emergency measures related to the storm, CBS Local has mentioned. After submitting an estimate of damage to the Governor’s office, county should legally request to the Governor to proclaim a state of emergency and make state disaster relief funds available to the County.

2014 Global disaster losses cost insurers $34B

The insured losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters totalled USD 34 billion in 2014, the preliminary estimation by Swiss Re’s sigma research unit has shown. According to the Swiss Re’s sigma estimation, total economic losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in 2014 were USD 113 billion, down from USD 135 billion in 2013. Out of the total economic losses, insurers covered USD 34 billion in 2014, down 24% from USD 45 billion in 2013.

EU countries' hospitals and educational elements have insufficient disaster preparedness level, Survey shows

A research article published in PLOS Currents Disasters has shown the emergency preparedness level of hospitals and educational elements of European Union countries to be at the lowest level in 2012. Study was done to evaluate health system preparedness for disasters in the 27 European Union member countries.

Mount Gamalama volcano erupts in Indonesia; 1 missing, 4 injured

Mount Gamalama volcano eruption in Indonesia has injured four people and left one missing. Mount Gamalama on Ternate island in North Maluku province shot thick gray smoke up to 2,000 meters into the sky just before midnight Thursday, The New Zealand Herald has written quoting Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency.

5.9 magnitude earthquake rocks Namche, Nepal

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake happened at about 9:17 p.m. (Nepali time), and was centered about 21 km NW of Namche Bazar, the route to Mount Everest. Tremor was felt throughout Nepal including parts of India and Bhutan. Ashish Khanal and Bivek Bhattarai from Nepal contributed for this article.

Flood disasters lead to children’s poor academic performance, Research shows

A research article published in Journal of Disaster Risk Studies has shown the flood disasters leading to children’s poor academic performance in Muzarabani District of Zimbabwe. The natural disaster research has indicated that flood disasters cause loss of learning hours, loss of qualified personnel, outbreak of waterborne diseases, high absenteeism and low syllabus coverage leading to children’s poor academic performance. 

European Parliament approves €126.7 million natural disaster relief aid

European Parliament has approved a total of €126.7 million in EU aid to help Italy, Greece, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria cope with the aftermath of natural disasters in 2013 and 2014 , European Parliament has mentioned in a press release issued on December 17, 2014.

Snowstorms in Japan leave one dead; 300 flights cancelled

Snowstorms in Japan have claimed life of a truck driver. The truck driver died in a pileup on a snowy road in Otake, Hiroshima Prefecture, The Japan Times reported. According to the East Japan Railway Co., four bullet train services on its Akita Shinkansen Line were halted due to strong wind. In Hokkaido, 4,824 houses suffered blackouts in 20 municipalities including Nemuro, where a maximum wind speed of around 144 kph was recorded on Wednesday.

Get disaster preparedness info on

The Office of Science and Technology Policy has launched a new website which supports efforts to drive open data, disaster preparedness and community empowerment. works as a public resource for disaster data and collaboration tools as part of the government’s Innovation for Disasters initiative.

9 flood recovery steps you must know

Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters . Conditions that cause floods include heavy or steady rain for several hours or days. Flood was among the worst natural disasters to hit the world in 2014 . These are 9 steps of flood recovery suggested by The Los Angeles Fire Department that will help you recover quickly and safely. The Los Angeles Fire Department published the nine steps of flood recovery this December.

Morocco storm kills 4, injures 4

Storm in Morocco has claimed lives of at least four people and injured four others. Wind and torrential rain pounded the Casablanca area of Morocco claiming two lives. At least four people got injured and 14 families have been affected, Modern Ghana mentioned. Other two bodies have been recovered from Safi.

Snowfall in Nepal in December kills a French national

Snowfall in Thuloikharka of Juving VDC in Solukhumbu district of Nepal has claimed life of a French national this Saturday, The Himalayan Times has written quoting the Solukhumbu Police. The deceased has been identified as Matthiful Le Gall, 29 years old, who fell from an altitude of 4,200 metres while returning after scaling Mera Peak Mountain.

Disaster emergency declared after Indonesia landslide kills 18, leaves 91 missing

Update 16:10 UTC Death toll from landslide in Karangkobar, Banjarnegara, Central Java has risen to 18. Governor Ganjar Pranowo has declared disaster emergency for three months. The rescue workers have discovered 18 dead, 11 seriously injured and four lightly wounded. At least 91 others are still missing, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said. The rescue operation has been halted because of heavy downpours in the area, The Jakarta Post has written. Earlier, 200 rescuers and 500 volunteers had joined the search for the missing, AFP mentioned.

Why Kentucky Emergency Alert Notification send wrong message to you?

If you are living in Corbin and London areas of Southern Kentucky, you may have received a "Civil Emergency" alert to your cell phones Tuesday afternoon. The alert was sent to your cell phones via the Federal Communication Commission's Wireless Emergency Alert system mentioning "Extreme Alert" with civil emergency in your area until 11:50 a.m. MST.

California kick-start emergency preparations before storm, classes cancelled for the first time since 9/11

Northern California residents have kick-start the emergency preparations before a powerful storm expected to pack hurricane force winds and heavy rain on Wednesday. "People have started gathering sand bags, crews clearing storm drains and San Francisco school officials canceling classes for the first time since 9/11", Yahoo News reported.

Volcano scientists role effective in reducing lahar hazards risk, Research says

The lahar-hazard risk reduction cannot be effectively accomplished without the active, impartial involvement of volcano scientists as they play a critical role in educating emergency managers, public officials, and at-risk populations about lahar hazards, a research paper published in Journal of Applied Volcanology 2014 has mentioned.

5 Worst Natural Disasters in 2014

Earthquake, flood and landslide were among the worst natural disasters to hit the world in 2014. Here’s a look at a few of the natural disasters as covered by Disaster report that caused major damage to lives and properties in 2014.

Typhoon Ruby in Mindoro, Philippines

Update 08:15 UTC According to the Philippine National Red Cross, at least 21 people have been dead, many of them drowned as flood waters rose in Borongan, the main town in Eastern Samar. Typhoon Ruby is predicted to make its third landfall over Northern Mindoro between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday. The government is bracing for Ruby in Metro Manila as well as in Mindoro and Calabarzon as the center of Typhoon Ruby was located 20 km East of Torrijos, Marinduque at 10 a.m. (local time).

M3.9 earthquake jolts California - 5km SSE of San Juan Bautista

M 3.9 light earthquake jolts California today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 5 km SSE of San Juan Bautista, California. It was 4.0 miles deep.

Philippines intensifies disaster response preparations for Typhoon 'Hagupit'

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has intensified its disaster response preparations for Typhoon Hagupit (Local name "Typhoon Ruby").

Get ready for Geminid meteor shower Dec. 13-14, 2014

Geminid meteor shower Dec. 13-14 is expected to see up to 100 shooting stars per hour. The Geminid Meteor shower will peak on 13 and 14th of December this year.   The Geminid meteor shower will start on Sunday 7 December and continue until December 17. Geminid meteor shower Dec. 13-14 will the best evenings to view as experts have predicted to see a 'shooting star' every minute from around 10 p.m. till dawn.

Government disburses Rs 149 crore for Kashmir flood relief and rehabilitation

Government has disbursed Rs 149 crore for Jammu and Kashmir flood relief and rehabilitation till date, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir said in a meeting at winter Secretariat. Chief Secretary, Muhammad Iqbal Khandey was briefed on the latest status from Divisional Commissioner Kashmir that till date Rs 149 crore have been disbursed as ex-gratia flood relief by the government in favour of all those families who were affected in the September floods, Greater Kashmir reported.

Super Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) threatens Philippines

Super Typhoon Hagupit (Local name "Typhoon Ruby" is currently the second most intense tropical cyclone in 2014 which is heading towards Philippines. At 10:00 a.m. today (local time), the center of Typhoon Hagupit was located based on all available data at 860 km East of Surigao City, Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines mentioned. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast is expected over Luzon and eastern section of Visayas and of Mindanao. According to the GMA News, the Philippine government sent food and medical supplies to central provinces in the path of Hagupit on Wednesday.  AFP units/soldiers are preparing for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response in coordination with LGUs, DSWD and other line govt agencies. Blue Alert Status of all AFP units has been upgraded to RED ALERT effective from 12:00 p.m. today December 4, 2014. The Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) of the US Navy categorized tropical

103 Mln dollars require to repair flood damage roads in Morocco

Government needs over 103 million dollars to repair flood damaged roads in Morocco, Minister of Equipment, Transport and Logistics, Aziz Rebbah said Tuesday. According to the flood damage repair data mentioned in the Government website, the road network in the flood-stricken areas is of 62,000 kilometers, of which 19,000 kilometers are untarred, as well as 7500 bridges including 505 that have been completely submerged by water.

Even small volcanic eruption slows global warming, New study shows

A research done by American Geophysical Union has shown that even small volcanic eruptions have potentially contributed to the recent slowdown in global warming. The research claims that small volcanic eruptions might eject more of an atmosphere-cooling gas into Earth's upper atmosphere than previously thought resulting in the slowdown in global warming.

Season's biggest storm brings lightning, flooding in Northern California

Season's biggest storm has caused lightning, flooding and snow in Northern California, Los Angeles Times reported. Several lightning strikes have been recorded off the Bay Area. According to the National Weather Service, more thunderstorm activities are expected along the coast Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Education makes people less vulnerable to natural disasters, Research shows

A new study by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) published in the journal Science has shown that education making people less vulnerable to natural disasters such as floods, landslides, and storms that are expected to intensify with climate change. The result was based on the analysis of natural disaster data for 167 countries over the past four decades.

Typhoon Hagupit keeps Philippines on Alert

According to the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), Tropical storm Hagupit has now developed into a typhoon with sustained winds of 130 km/h. The US Joint Typhoon Warning Center has captured the typhhon Hagupit in open ocean east of Palau.

Moro Gulf Earthquake shakes Cotabato, Koronadal

M 6.3 strong deep earthquake in Moro Gulf region shook the Cotabato and Koronadal area of Philippines, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.