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Natural disasters, mostly weather-related catastrophes, have cost the world the largest-ever financial losses of around us $200 billion in 2005. In 2004, this loss was us $145 billion and around

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work is underway to create a gis database for 170 flood, earthquake and hazard prone districts as the Indian Space Research Organisation (isro) puts together information provided by Survey of

Natural Disasters

On October 8, 2005, a powerful earthquake, measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale, rocked Pakistan and India's northern border. More than 30,000 died and there was widespread damage. The death toll is

Lake Nyos in western Cameroon is waiting to spill carbon dioxide that would choke entire communities along its shores. A similar disaster asphyxiated hundreds of cattle and killed over 1,700 people

Post-tsunami, expensive coral restoration plans might not be needed after all, says a recent advisory report commissioned by the World Bank (wb) and prepared by scientists led by a researcher from

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The tsunami is a chance to rebuild self reliance and governance of the Nicobar Islands. suresh babu returns from the islands to tell nitin sethi how

www.indiadisasters.org A GOOD HELP This is arguably the first Indian website to deal with disasters. And www.indiadisasters.org covers a broad canvas: from hooch tragedies to the recent