Jan 20, 2015

14 killed, thousands displaced by Madagascar tropical storm

At least 14 people were killed over the weekend when the island nation of Madagascar was battered by a tropical storm, officials said Monday. Tropical storm Chedza has displaced more than 36,000 Madagascans, said the National Office of Risk and Catastrophe Management. Most of ...

Nov 12, 2014

Government beefs up law to help prevent landslide disasters

The Diet enacted a bill to revise the landslide disaster prevention law on Wednesday, after mudslides killed more than 70 people in the city of Hiroshima in August. The revised law allows the central government to demand that prefectural governments speed up basic surveys ...

Italian floods hit agriculture, draw accusations of neglect

Nov 6, 2014

Italian floods hit agriculture, draw accusations of neglect

Floods coursed through Italy on Wednesday, damaging agriculture and reviving a controversy over environmental neglect. Italy’s agricultural heartland in the fertile north was particularly heavily hit by the flooding. National agriculture association CIA said mud and water had destroyed orchards and vineyards in the ...

How vulnerable is Japan to severe weather?

| Sep 8, 2014

How vulnerable is Japan to severe weather?

by Eric Johnston

The deadly mudslides in Hiroshima and other parts of western Japan last month caused by torrential rains have raised concerns about how vulnerable Japan is to such natural disasters, especially given severe weather events due to climate change. While a combination of factors were ...

Landslide risk studies lag in 32 prefectures

Aug 24, 2014

Landslide risk studies lag in 32 prefectures

More than 10 years after landslide disaster legislation took effect, 32 of the 47 prefectures have yet to finish the on-site research it orders, it was learned Sunday. It’s estimated there are some 520,000 possibly dangerous areas, such as steep slopes and alluvial fans. ...

Hiroshima search delayed by heavy rain; Abe under fire

Aug 22, 2014

Hiroshima search delayed by heavy rain; Abe under fire

Heavy rain on Friday hampered the search for 52 people believed buried alive on the edge of Hiroshima as opposition politicians hounded Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for golfing and relaxing while responding to the disaster. Rescuers feared the continuing rain could set off further ...

Aug 22, 2014

Fukuoka floods kill police officer; 102,000 told to evacuate

Record rainfall in Fukuoka Prefecture on Friday triggered an evacuation advisory for about 102,000 residents of Chikushino to avoid mudslides and river flooding that killed a police officer. According to the city, heavy rains have inundated several roads and left other areas underwater. The ...