Neil Bibby
Neil Bibby
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Asia Pacific Fire, Editor

Unsung heroes during large disasters

We read continually about the firefighters, rescuers and civil defence people doing outstanding things on the front line protecting us from fire, typhoons, earthquakes etc. The press photos show rescuers risking their lives to save families and their belongings from…

How can you help those impacted by fire in Australia?

The Australian bushfires are now the largest in history and will go on for months unless significant rainfalls. Unfortunately, the weather forecastspredict very little rain in the near future. Lives have been lost, homes and business have been destroyed and…

Australian firefighter dies battling blazes, raising the death toll to 28

MELBOURNE: A firefighter died while on duty on Saturday (Jan 11) in Australia’s state of Victoria, raising the toll from this season’s devastating bushfires to 28 deaths as the government deploys mental health services to aid those in affected areas.…

Wildlife suffers in Australian fires

It’s been estimated that 1.25 billion native animals have perished in the Australian bushfires, including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, echidnas and more. As many as 8,400 koalas have already perished in the fires in NSW alone, and these numbers continue to rise.…

We cannot guarantee your safety

With hundreds of fires burning up the east coast of Australia, fire authorities are telling communities that they cannot be safe if they do not follow fire agency advice. If you are given the advice to leave, leave immediately as…

Cambodia building collapse death toll hits 36

Thirty-six die but, twenty-three people were rescued from a collapsed building on Friday 03 Jan. before the search was called off. Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen said 23 people had been pulled alive from the rubble of the seven-storey hotel,…

Christmas Typhoon Phanfone’s death toll climbs to 41 in the Philippines

The number of deaths from a powerful typhoon that hit the Philippines on Christmas has climbed to 41, authorities said Sunday (Dec 29), with tens of thousands still in evacuation centres. The death toll of 41 – up from 28…

Australian fires grow as the weather turns catastrophic

Coming to the close of 2019 there is no let-up for Australian firefighters. In truth, things are getting more dangerous as the fires spread across all Australian states. The New South Wales fire is now as large as the UK…

New Zealand’s White Island volcanic eruption takes another life

Sixteen deaths have been confirmed while two bodies are still missing, believed to be in the water off the island and about 20 people remain in intensive care with severe burns. Of the 47 visitors to the volcanic island, 24…

Queensland fire emergency leaves Brisbane’s air quality worse than Beijing

ABC reports; The air quality in Brisbane is currently worse than Beijing as haze from bushfires burning across Queensland and New South Wales blankets the south-east corner. According to “The World Air Quality Index” the air quality is rated as…

Fires in Australia have jumped the million hectare mark and it is not even summer yet

Thousands of firefighters are battling major fires in New South Wales and Queensland, but the worst is yet to come. Tuesday will see catastrophic fire conditions across the eastern states. It is rare that a catastrophic warning is sounded by…

World Heritage temple in Japan’s southern island of Okinawa destroyed by fire

The main hall at Shuri Castle in Okinawa was burnt to a skeleton, with firefighters spending hours trying to bring the blaze under control. A popular tourist attraction, Shuri was built more than 500 years ago as the royal castle…

Fire in Pakistan train kills 71 and injures many more

An exploding gas cylinder used for cooking has killed at least 71 people with dozens more injured on a passenger train in central Pakistan on Thursday (Oct 31), authorities said. The fire quickly spread along three carriages causing many to jump…

The Largest fire in Auckland for years leaves one person seriously injured

A large fire broke out about 1.15pm New Zealand time, grinding traffic to a halt, blanketed the Auckland CBD with smoke and injured one person. The SkyCity conference centre inferno reached the maximum “sixth alarm” – with more than 20…

Children killed in Philippines earthquake

Three children were among five people killed after a powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the southern Philippines, on Thursday (Oct 17).  The earthquake struck the Mindanao region, which makes up the southern third of the Philippines, on Wednesday night. On…

Rescue efforts continue in Japan as Typhoon Hagibis batters the country with at least ten people confirmed dead

If Typhoon Hagibis was a massive challenge the Japanese emergency services, not many have realized that a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck the east of Tokyo on Saturday (Oct 12) at about 6.22pm local time, according to the country’s meteorological agency. …

20 hikers rescued from Indonesia’s Mount Raung after wildfires

On Saturday (Oct 5) seven Singaporeans and 13 other climbers were rescued from Mount Raung in Indonesia after they were trapped overnight by wildfires. The hikers became trapped after wildfires broke out in the area around 6pm Indonesia time on…

The rise of Asia in the fire market

Exports from China rose 3.3 percent from a year earlier to USD 221.5 billion in July 2019, defying market expectations of a 2 percent drop and following a 1.3 percent decline in June. This was the fastest yearly growth in…

Australian eastern states fight catastrophic, early fire season

Fire fighters are fighting over 100 fires across New South Wales and Queensland in what can only be described as extraordinary fire conditions. To have so many fires this early in the season and some of catastrophic intensity doesn’t bode…

Taiwan struck by a deadly earthquake just before typhoon hits

Taiwan was preparing for typhoon Lekima when a 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit on Thursday (Aug 8) killing one woman and caused temporary power outages that affected more than 10,000 homes, authorities said. The quake struck at 5.28am at a depth of 10km…

Super Typhoon Lekima wreaks havoc in Japan Taiwan and China

China is hit by Lekima after the super typhoon, the ninth typhoon for the year, causes significant damage in Japan and Taiwan. In China 33 people have been killed. On Friday, Typhoon Lekima battered southern Japan and Taiwan, killing one…

Mount Everest rescue pilot risks her own life to save adventurers from Nepal’s perilous peaks

Nepal’s only female helicopter rescue pilot, Priya Adhikari, says she has seen enough death and destruction on the mountains to rid her of any desire to climb them. “I don’t climb, I land,” she laughs. Flying is a male-dominated profession,…

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