Asia’s flood crisis increases, with floods across many countries in the region

The floods have killed 20 in India and Japan, made 1,000’s homeless in Thailand and China as well as bringing Brisbane to a standstill Heavy rains and floods have killed at least 20 people and forced more than 400,000 to flee…

More rain expected as Thailand flood death toll rises to 40

Persistent heavy rain well into what should be the dry season has triggered floods across the south, cutting road and rail links, threatening crops and affecting about 1.6 million people, said government officials. Unseasonable floods have killed 40 people, with…

New EU Regulation to change how China exports cable into Europe

The launch of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) for cables last month (10 June 2016) will have a significant impact for all China-based cable manufacturers who export construction cable products to clients in Europe. The new regulation, which includes new…

Effective fire stopping solutions now better recognised in Asia

In most countries and organisations, the term “fire stopping” refers to a system of penetration seal applications that is usually an integral component of a larger passive fire protection design. Effective fire stopping plays a vital role maintaining the functional…

Asia and Africa most vulnerable to disasters and their effects

The Natural Hazards Vulnerability Index from risk analysts Verisk Maplecroft has Identified that countries and mega-cities across Asia are highly exposed to natural hazards ranging from cyclones to earthquakes, but people in sub-Saharan Africa are more vulnerable. Nearly 1.4 billion…

Asia gripped by big chill

A big chill is sweeping across North and South Asia and even parts of Southeast Asia. From India to Japan, the mercury is plummeting, in some places to its lowest in decades. Hong Kong has the lowest temperatures in six…

Indonesian forest fires last year cost the country at least $16 billion in economic losses

Forest fires in Indonesia last year cost the country at least $16 billion in economic losses, equivalent to 1.9 per cent of its GDP, according to the World Bank. The haze had “a direct and palpable impact” on the nation’s…

El Niño in the tropical Pacific

In 2009, the El Nino brought the worst drought in four decades to India. It razed wheat fields in Australia and damaged crops across Asia. Food prices surged and fire danger increased.  A closely watched forecast by Japan and Australia…

Tourists have a tool that can keep them safe while on holidays in Asia

  Disaster Alert is a mobile multi-hazard monitoring application created for iOS and Android™ users. By accessing the platform, it provides users with near real-time access to data on active hazards globally—showing events that are designated potentially hazardous to people,…

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