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March 27, 2015
Japan Plans 250-Mile Chain of Sea Walls to Fend Off Tsunamis
Tokyo (Sputnik) Mar 24, 2015
The Japanese government is busy planning to build a series of cement sea walls nearly five stories high along its coastline, saying it's part of an effort to block future tsunamis. A 2011 tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake devastated the northern part of Japan and resulted in the meltdown of three of six reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Nearly 18,500 people died or went missing. Authorities said many of them ignored early warnings to leave low-lying a ... read more

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Health, education fears for Vanuatu's child cyclone survivors
Josianna Napuat barely flinched when registered nurse Elizabeth William injected her with a measles vaccine outside her home in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila. ... more
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Fukushima reactor test offers detailed look inside
Confirmation this week that all the fuel inside one of Fukushima's broken reactors has long-since melted leaves the site's Japanese operator with the tricky task of eventually scooping it all out, experts say. ... more
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Cyclone Pam wrecks Vanuatu's tourism sector
A black-hulled boat bobs silently on the aquamarine waters of Port Vila's harbour in the tropical paradise of Vanuatu, a thatched roof perched on top like a straw hat. ... more
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Vanuatu slams lack of aid coordination, says food running out
Vanuatu has hit out at aid groups swarming the cyclone-ravaged Pacific nation over a lack of coordination, which it said cost precious time getting help to those in need, while warning food will run out in a week. ... more
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Mount Fuji climbers should wear helmets: Japan officials
Climbers tackling Japan's highest peak Mount Fuji will be urged to wear a helmet and goggles, authorities said Wednesday, after more than 60 people died when a nearby volcano erupted without warning last year. ... more
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Rapid coastal population growth may leave many exposed to sea-level rise
The number of people potentially exposed to future sea level rise and associated storm surge flooding may be highest in low-elevation coastal zones in Asia and Africa, according to new projections p ... more
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Aid starts flowing to Vanuatu as remote islands plead for help
Aid began arriving in some of cyclone-hit Vanuatu's worst affected islands Wednesday but others remain isolated, with flights over the Pacific nation showing desperate villagers spelling out the letter "H" for help. ... more
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Fears of food shortages in Vanuatu as huge damage revealed
Vanuatu warned it faces imminent food shortages as accounts emerged of huge damage to a large outer island, days after one of the fiercest cyclones on record pummelled the Pacific archipelago. ... more
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Fears for food supplies in Vanuatu as capital cleans up
Vanuatu could soon start running out of food, the president's office warned Tuesday, after Cyclone Pam roared through the Pacific nation leaving at least 24 dead, as a massive clean-up got under way in the capital. ... more
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Women are key in tackling disaster: UN officials
Women are far more exposed to disasters than men given their frontline roles in the home and in healthcare, the UN says, arguing that improving gender equality is key to saving lives. ... more
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UN disaster meeting opens in tsunami-hit Japan
Policymakers gathered for a ten-yearly meeting on disaster risk reduction Saturday, with hopes high that the conference in tsunami-hit Japan might provide a springboard for efforts to tackle natural disasters and costly climate change. ... more
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Help us rebuild, Vanuatu president urges world
Vanuatu's president Monday pleaded with the world to help the cyclone-ravaged Pacific nation rebuild as aid agencies warned conditions were among the most challenging they have ever faced with fears of disease rife. ... more
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14 million children pay price for Syria, Iraq conflicts: UNICEF
The United Nations children's fund said Thursday that 14 million children are paying the price for warfare in Syria and neighbouring Iraq, with violence and hardship shaping their future. ... more
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Microbial soil cleanup at Fukushima
Proteins from salt-loving, halophilic, microbes could be the key to cleaning up leaked radioactive strontium and caesium ions from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant incident in Japan. The p ... more
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Japan marks 4th anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster
Japan marked the fourth anniversary Wednesday of a quake-tsunami disaster that swept away thousands of people and sparked a nuclear crisis in a tragedy that continues to wreak misery for many. ... more
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UN to hold disaster meeting in tsunami-hit Japan
The UN will hold a once-in-a-decade meeting on disaster risk reduction this weekend, with policymakers gathering in tsunami-struck Japan after warnings that the cost of climate change-related calamities could bankrupt future generations. ... more
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An Indonesian minister has warned a "human tsunami" of asylum-seekers could be unleashed on Australia in retaliation if Canberra keeps pressing for clemency for two Australian drug smugglers on death row, as ties between the neighbours fray. ... more
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Bangladesh uses SERVIR for flood warning system
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Four years on, Japan's tsunami victims frozen in their tragedy
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More Filipinos pushed into poverty by Haiyan, high rice prices
Super typhoon Haiyan and surging rice prices pushed the number of Filipinos living in poverty to 25.8 percent in the first half of last year despite strong economic growth, official data released Friday showed. ... more
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Water, electricity cuts shut Comoros main hospital
The main hospital of the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Comoros has stopped admitting patients over the last five days due to water and electricity shortages, doctors said Friday. ... more
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World Bank admits flaws in resettlement practices
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