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Canterbury earthquake memorial to be unveiled.

The sixth anniversary of the February 22 earthquake is a significant moment for Cantabrians and all those affected by the devastating events of that day in 2011.

- Scoop NZ - NZ

Blizzard's ending Windows XP, Vista support for Warcraft, Diablo, Hearthstone, and more games.

Three years after Microsoft killed Windows XP for good, the rest of the tech world is ending its vigil for the venerated operating system. Even games that launched during the XP era are moving on, as over the weekend, Blizzard announced that its pantheon of PC-focused titles are dumping support for Windows XP and Vista. ...

- PCWorld.com - US

Over time, nuisance flooding can cost more than extreme, infrequent events.

Global climate change is being felt in many coastal communities of the United States, not always in the form of big weather disasters but as a steady drip, drip, drip of nuisance flooding.

- PhysOrg - NL

Canterbury earthquake memorial unveiling, six years on.

Heartfelt words to earthquake victims dangle in sunshine beaming through trees as Christchurch gears up for the unveiling of perhaps its most important public space. 

- Stuff - NZ

High-level committee to probe fire in Bandipur forest.

Forest Minister B Ramanatha Rai said on Tuesday that a committee of higher officials will be constituted to probe into the wildfire in Kalkere forest range under Bandipur Tiger Reserve in HD Kote taluk recently.He was speaking to reporters after visiting range forest officer Gangadhar and personnel Manu and Manju—who ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Q&A: Weathering The Storm With Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery.

Don't let adverse weather conditions impact your business continuity

- TechWeekEurope - UK

UN emergency fund provides $18.5 million to help respond to new drought in Ethiopia.

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia The CERF funds will immediately provide water and health, nutritional and agricultural services. The funds will help pastoralist communities in the Somali region, who are most in need. New York, 21 February 2017 - With the Horn of Africa facing ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

EE unveils sky domination plans with drones, balloons.

Plus emergency response vehicles for ESN backup EE has revealed plans to launch balloon and drone "air masts" to connect remote parts of the UK in the wake of disasters such as major flooding, in its yet-to-be-patented technology unveiled today.…

- TheRegister - UK

News24.com | Drought in Somalia: Time is Running Out.

Four-year-old Safia Adan lies in Baidoa Regional Hospital in southern Somalia with a tube through her nose. She is suffering from severe malnutrition and dehydration.

- News24.com - ZA

'Time lost means lives lost,' warns UN aid chief, releasing funds to tackle drought in Ethiopia.

The top United Nations humanitarian official today released $18.5 million from the organization's Central Emergency Response Fund to enable critical aid for more than 785,000 people suffering from hunger, malnutrition and severe water shortages in Ethiopia's Somali region – the worst drought-stricken part of the ...

- UN - INT

Study shows refugees’ & immigrants’ resilience in disasters.

Many immigrants and refugees were resilient to the Canterbury Earthquakes due to their previous experiences of disasters and war in their homelands, according to research from the University of Auckland. Sociology academics from the Faculty of ...

- Scoop NZ - NZ

As fraud probe grows, Louisiana flood victims offer cautionary tales

Matt Morris, 39, of Baton Rouge, is suspected of carving a path of financial ruin across the flood zone. He was arrested a second time Tuesday in connection to the case.

- Times-Picayune - US

EE uses balloons, drones to extend 4G coverage

EE said it has developed a technology that can supply call and internet connections in the most remote parts of the UK, or during and after disasters such as flooding. The operator demonstrated the system, using balloon and drone 'air masts', and a network of small cells.

- Telecompaper - NL

KWS raises alarm on wildlife deaths as drought bites

KWS spokesperson Paul Gathitu said wildlife, including hippos and buffaloes, have died due to lack of water and pasture in national parks and reserves.

- BusinessDailyAfrica - KE

Depreciation rollover relief for quake victims

Businesses in the upper South Island and Greater Wellington areas hit by last year’s earthquake and aftershocks will be able to replace assets lost in the earthquake without immediately incurring a tax bill, Revenue Minister Judith Collins said today.

- Scoop NZ - NZ

YouTubers climb UK skyscraper and it's terrifying

Night Scape have struck again. The urban duo of teen climbers, who have gathered millions of views for their vertiginous stunts in London, managed to sneak through security in highly surveilled Canary Wharf and get to the rooftop of One Canada Square, the second-tallest building in the UK. SEE ALSO: YouTuber creates ...

- Mashable! - US

Floods inundate thousands of homes in Indonesian capital

JAKARTA, Indonesia " Torrential rains in the Indonesian capital have overwhelmed drains and flooded roads and thousands of homes.The disaster mitigation agency said Tuesday that more than 50 areas are flooded in Jakarta, with...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

California Dam Crisis Could Have Been Averted

A dismissed lawsuit to strengthen the dam because of climate change effects predicted catastrophic flooding --

- Scientific American - US

Fort McMurray wildfire: boreal forest slowly bouncing back

The drumming of black-backed woodpeckers is a sure sign the boreal forest is slowly bouncing back from the devastation caused by last spring's wildfire near Fort McMurray.

- Global News - CA

Deadline looms for Dakota Access pipeline protest camp

As dawn breaks over an encampment that was once home to thousands of people protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline, a few hundred holdouts rise for another day of resistance. They aren't deterred by the threat of flooding, nor by declarations from state and federal authorities that they must leave by Wednesday or face ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Floods inundate thousands of homes in Indonesian capital

Torrential rains in the Indonesian capital have overwhelmed drains and flooded roads and thousands of homes.The disaster mitigation agency says more than 50 areas are flooded in Jakarta with waters u...

- The Hindu - IN

WATCH: World News 02/20/17: President Trump Chooses New National Security Advisor

Police officer dead, another wounded in LA County; Multiple tornadoes confirmed in the west

- ABC News - US

Deadline looms for Dakota Access pipeline protest camp

As dawn breaks over an encampment that was once home to thousands of people protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline, a few hundred holdouts rise for another day of resistance. They aren't deterred by the threat of flooding, nor by declarations from state and federal authorities that they must...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

At least 2 tornadoes strike San Antonio; dozens of homes damaged

More than 150 homes suffered damage after a strong line of storms slammed the San Antonio area, as the National Weather Service reported Monday a tornado may have struck the city.

- FOX News - US

Huge sinkhole swallows car live on air during California storm

A huge sinkhole opened up in California, USA, after a deadly storm hit the state. Torrential rain washed away the ground creating a sink hole which swallowed two cars, the second of which can be seen falling in live on air. The...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Possible tornado reported in San Antonio; more than 100 homes damaged

More than 150 homes suffered damage after a strong line of storms slammed the San Antonio area, as the National Weather Service reported Monday a tornado may have struck the city.

- FOX News - US

News24.com | Top Africa stories: Cyclone Dineo, Somalia, Mugabe

At least 50 families stranded by floods in Zimbabwe have been 'airlifted to safety', and the death toll in Somalia's deadly suicide bombing has risen to 39.

- News24.com - ZA

Blizzards, rainstorms kill dozens in Afghanistan

Forty-four others also sustain injuries in weather-related accidents The post Blizzards, rainstorms kill dozens in Afghanistan appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Oroville dam danger shows how Trump could win big on infrastructure

Disaster was narrowly averted after America's tallest dam threatened to release a deluge of water over thousands of homes on February 12. Dramatic scenes of water cascading from the Oroville dam emerged after a hole the size of a football field appeared in the spillway floor, allowing water to rip through its foundations ...

- The Conversation - UK

Harsh weather in Afghanistan kills dozens in blizzard, rainstorms

KABUL - As many as 50 people have died in storms over the past three days in Afghanistan, including 25 shepherds lost in a blizzard, a government disaster management official said on Monday.

- Reuters - US

Kaikoura paua closure to be extended

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced a renewal of the emergency closure prohibiting the take of shellfish and seaweed along the earthquake-affected area of the east coast of the South Island for a further ...

- Scoop NZ - NZ

Quake sway alerts for skyscrapers to be added to emergency warning system

The Meteorological Agency plans to add alerts for long and slow seismic movements that affect skyscrapers to its emergency earthquake warning system for TVs and mobile phones, officials said Monday. The new feature, which the agency hopes to put into operation as early as fiscal 2018, will inform the public of areas ...

- The Japan Times - JP

India's only active volcano is back from the dead after 150 years

Barren Islands volcano, India's only active volcano, is reportedly spewing lava and ash after a gap of 150 years. It erupted for about four hours in January, scientists from the National Institute of Oceanography claimed. SEE ALSO: India is remeasuring Mount Everest to find out if it shrunk after earthquake The volcano is ...

- Mashable! - US

You have to play 'Horizon: Zero Dawn' if you own a PS4

I'm going to die beneath the metal claws of a rampaging Thunderjaw. The mechanical T-Rex charges across the desert landscape as I pepper it with a hailstorm of seemingly ineffectual fire arrows. Human-sized pieces of machinery litter the dusty plateau where our deadly dance has played out, but even after all the damage I've ...

- Mashable! - US

Attempting to tackle drought with emergency aid is not the answer

For those forced to live through them, droughts are less an unusual event than a way of life that constantly tests your resilience and resourcefulness.

- TheCitizen - TZ

Flood chaos in Malaga

FLASH floods and high winds battering the Costa del Sol since the early hours of Sunday morning have had emergency services working ...

- thinkSPAIN - ES

Chai Nat already suffering water shortage

CHAI NAT -- Many areas of this central province are already being hit by water shortages, arousing fears this year's drought may be as serious as last year's.

- BangkokPost - TH

Flood worries in Northern California after deadly storm hits south

- Large parts of Northern California were placed on a flood advisory on Sunday ahead of a storm system expected to bring heavy rain, wind and snow to the state, still cleaning up from a deadly storm that deluged Southern California two days ago.

- Reuters - US

Forest staff hold stir for higher aid to kin of guard killed in fire

Forest personnel staged a protest, keeping the body of guard Murigeppa Tammanagol who died while trying to control wildfire in Kalkere range, Bandipur tiger reserve in HDKote taluk, at Aranya Bhavan on Sunday.They said the authorities failed to inform the kin of the deceased and the family came to know about the tragedy ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

New, more powerful storm takes aim at California

The state is still reeling from a recent storm that flooded highways, caused widespread power outages and led to several deaths.         

- USA TODAY - US

Southern California rain eases; north facing renewed storm

Heavy rainstorms killed at least three people in southern California over the weekend. Storms in northern California are seeing rivers reaching flood stage, and some residents are preparing to evacuate.

- Christian Science Monitor - US

Crazy storm has streets of L.A. swallowing cars whole

Californians this weekend captured harrowing scenes of cars stuck in sinkholes, trucks toppling off a crumbling highway and muddy waters rushing through the streets of Los Angeles. The Golden State is grappling with yet another punishing wave of atmospheric river storms, which dump vast amounts of rain in narrow corridors ...

- Mashable! - US

Harsh winter weather in Afghanistan kills 25 more people

Twenty-five people were killed by snowstorms and avalanches in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, just days after more than 100 people died due to heavy snowfall across the country, according to an official. © Copyright Andolu Ajansi

- Albawaba - UK

Malaga flash floods rip through Spanish city, destroying cars and homes

Emergency services say they dealt with more than 200 incidents during the heavy rainfall.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Petition launched after five-year jail term for accidental traffic fatality - witness comes forward

Friends and colleagues of a woman who was sentenced to five years imprisonment for having involuntarily killed a man and injured his sister in a traffic accident have launched a petition calling for changes to the law so that the courts may impose a fairer sentence. The court's decision, on Friday, raised a storm of ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Kaikoura earthquake mental health package $8m less than requested by DHB

The government's $3.7 million Kaikoura earthquake relief package was a fraction of the support requested by Canterbury health authorities and mental health advocates say people will suffer as a result. 

- Stuff - NZ

Afghan snowstorms death toll jumps

At least 25 killed in country's north, more than a week after over 100 died from avalanches and heavy snowfall.

- Al Jazeera - QA

26 killed, 30 missing in Faryab snowstorm

By Qutbuddin Kohi on 19 February 2017 MAIMANA : At least 26 people were killed and six others wounded in a fresh snowstorm in northwestern Faryab province, officials said on Sunday. Faryab Governor Sayed Anwar Sadat told Pajhwok Afghan News that 70cm and 80cm snowfall had been recorded in Maimana, the provincial...

- Pajhwok - AF

California storm death toll rises to 5 as rain pummels Bay Area

Allen ConeFeb. 19 -- The death toll in the recent powerful California rainstorms rose to five as the weather system moved to pummel the northern portion of the state.

- UPI - US

Petition launched after five-year jail term for accidental traffic fatality raises controversy

Friends and colleagues of a woman who was sentenced to five years imprisonment for having involuntarily killed a man and injured his sister in a traffic accident have launched a petition calling for changes to the law so that the courts may impose a fairer sentence. The court's decision, on Friday, raised a storm of ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

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