Students think outside the bowl with designs for emergency toilets

Mar 26, 2015

Students think outside the bowl with designs for emergency toilets

Unique emergency toilets designed by groups of industrious high school girls are drawing praise as Japan looks for new ways to prepare for its next natural disaster. The students turned to the drawing board after being inspired by disaster-preparedness lessons at school, and some ...

Vanuatu struggles to account for cyclone damage, deaths

Mar 15, 2015

Vanuatu struggles to account for cyclone damage, deaths

Officials struggled on Sunday to determine the scale of the devastation wrought by a monstrous cyclone that tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, with death counts varying in the single digits but expected to rise once communications are restored with outlying ...

Singapore, Japan agree to explore disaster training plan

Mar 15, 2015

Singapore, Japan agree to explore disaster training plan

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his Singapore counterpart, K. Shanmugam, have agreed to consider expanding bilateral cooperation in training people on how to reduce the risks associated with natural disasters in Southeast Asia, Japanese officials said. Singapore has accepted trainees from neighboring countries, teaching ...

Afghanistan avalanche toll rises to 165 amid rescue efforts

Feb 27, 2015

Afghanistan avalanche toll rises to 165 amid rescue efforts

The number of people killed in a massive avalanche in a mountain-bound valley in northeastern Afghanistan rose on Thursday to 165 as lack of equipment and the sheer depth of snow that buried entire homes and families hampered rescue efforts. “We’re facing a real ...