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Heavy rains and blocked drains: Nairobi’s recipe for floods

The authorities have bulldozed 2,000 buildings in a bid to prevent flooding, but garbage-choked rivers still overflow each rainy season, putting citizens at risk — Dirty flood waters, impassable roads and submerged slums have become the norm every time it rains in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. In August, the authorities took drastic action, bulldozing around …

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How are PH tsunami warning systems maintained

To many, what took place in Indonesia serves as a reminder for the Philippines to ensure that preparations for such disasters are continuously being implemented and improved — MANILA, Philippines – The tsunami in Palu, Indonesia, took more than 1,500 lives. Several factors – including the country’s topography, vulnerable communities, and a less-than-robust early warning …

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Are Filipino communities prepared for a tsunami

In the event of a disaster, communities should ‘act as one,’ says Ishmael Narag of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology — MANILA, Philippines – The deadly tsunami in Palu, Indonesia, which took more than 2,000 lives, can be attributed to several factors, including the country’s topography, vulnerable communities, and a less-than-robust early warning …

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Mandatory review of disaster law did not take place in Congress

‘Nasa batas ng (Republic Act) 10121 that after 5 years, kakaroon ng ‘sunset review’…Ngunit sa kasamaang palad… Congress did not call for a sunset review,’ says former National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Executive Director Alexander Pama — MANILA, Philippines – Former National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director and Office …

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NDRRMC on red alert due to monsoon rain, floods

This means personnel must be on duty 24/7 to respond to the calamity and there should be ‘immediate’ coordination among government agencies — (MANILA, Philippines) The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) went on red alert on Sunday morning, August 12, after the enhanced southwest monsoon triggered heavy rain and massive floods in …

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Study shows how politics affects local disaster management

Dr Maja-Leah V. Ravago says that based on their study, local officials tend to invest in short term disaster risk management measures that can be credited to their administration — MANILA, Philippines – With the rainy season underway, the government and organizations are bracing for the coming storms. This raises the question: How do local …

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