Newsletter October 2012 issue
October 5, 2012 / IFNet secretariat
|1. Water-related disasters in the
1-1 Flood in Philippines
Flooding, landslide, mudflow and
collapse of structure occurred in Luzon, Mindanao and Visayas regions since
typhoon Saola hit Philippines on 28th of July and heavy monsoon rain followed
the typhoon. According to NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and
Management Council) reports published on 7th and 9th of August, typhoon Saola
and heavy monsoon rain caused 72 deaths and 8 missing.
Philippines NDRRMC UPDATE No.22(PDF)
Philippines NDRRMC UPDATE No.05(PDF)
1-2 Flood in South Korea and North Korea
Typhoon Bolaven reached the Korean peninsula between 28th and 29th of August
and produced strong wind, flood, landslides etc., leaving 16 deaths in South
Korea and 48 deaths in North Korea. The second typhoon Tembin hit the Korean
peninsula on 30th of August added 2 more deaths caused by landslide etc.
reliefweb N. Korea says typhoon killed 48 people
CNN Bolaven leaves at least 16 dead as it plows past Korean Peninsula
Asia News Network Typhoon Tembin hits South Korea
1-3 Flash flood in Pakistan
and collapses of houses by monsoon heavy rain started from about 8th of
September caused 102 deaths and 159 injured by September 12. Affected areas
include Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan provinces and Kashmir
state in Pakistan. More than 5,000 houses were damaged.
rediff NEWS Flash floods in Pakistan kill 80
reliefweb Rain, flash floods kill 78 in Pakistan: officials
reliefweb Detail of damages due to rains (12 September, 2012)
1-4 Flood in
Torrential rains which have been continued since August triggered
flooding in the Niger River and inundated wide areas of the country including
the capital Niamey. The floods killed 92 people and affected more than 510,000
people as of September 30. There is the cholera epidemic in Tillabéry region and
more than 80 deaths and 3,671 cases were confirmed as of August 28.
Afriquejet Niger floods kill at least 92 people
OCHA Niger: Heavy rains and floods force more than 400,000 people from their homes
IOL NEWS 52 dead after Niger flood
IFRC Niger: Floods
1-5 Flash flood and landslide in
Two torrential rains occurred between 13th and 16th of
September triggered flash floods and landslides in Uttarakhand, Northern India.
Death toll of incidents is 52 in Rudraprayag district and 9 in Bageshwar
district as of September 18.
reliefweb India landslide death toll jumps to 45: minister
reliefweb 28 dead in India landslides: rescuers
reliefweb Toll mounts to 43 in Uttarakhand cloudburst
THE TIMES OF INDIA Sonia Gandhi's visit to cloudburst-hit areas of Uttarakhand cancelled
1-6 Flash flood and landslide in India-Sikkim
Heavy downpours started at least from 19th of September resulted in
flash floods and landslides in Sikkim and floods in Assam. Death toll rose to 27
in Sikkim as of September 24 while 18 deaths and over 384,000 people evacuated
were reported in Assam on 26th of September.
INDIA TODAY Flash floods, landslides hit North-East; 21 dead in Sikkim, over 7 lakh affected in Assam
FIRSTPOST.INDIA North-east flood toll 30, North Sikkim completely cut off
IBN Live Assam floods: situation still grim, 18 dead, over 17 lakh affected
flood in Spain
At least 10 deaths including 5 children were confirmed by
September 29 after torrential rain started on 28th of September triggered flash
floods in Southern Spain. Malaga, Almeria and Murcia are some of the most
affected areas by the flash floods and at least 600 people were forced to
evacuate. The floods disrupted train services and closed roads and bridges. A
tornado passed through a fairground in Gandia in Spain on 28th of September,
resulting in 35 people injured.
BBC Spain floods: Ten die in Malaga, Almeria and Murcia
2. Support of JICA Tsukuba training course
Tsukuba training course gWater related disaster management
(preparedness, mitigation and reconstruction) in Asian regionh
supported by IDI was conducted for four weeks from 19th August 2012.
The training course provided lectures about comprehensive knowledge and
techniques for water related disaster risk reduction including disaster
prevention, emergency response, flood control, public participation,
etc. Trainees also learned from field trips including damaged areas of
East Japan Great Earthquake and Tsunami and their reconstruction,
latest flood control facilities such as Super Levee and Metropolitan
Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel, and River Offices. Trainees
are going to submit the final reports with showing their first actions
in their countries in February next year. By using the knowledge and
information acquired during this training course, the trainees are
expected to promote actions in terms of disaster prevention and
mitigation in each country.
3. Implementation of tsunami disaster management
one year after the outbreak of the Great East Japan Earthquake,
Japanese government had developed a legal framework and technical
standard in order to alleviate the tsunami disaster damage. The
following are the laws/policies developed by the Ministry of Land,
Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
1. Tsunami countermeasure promotion law
2. Basic concept for the restoration of damaged coastal levee
3. Proposal for the criteria for issuing tsunami warning and content of information
4. The law regarding gConstruction of tsunami-resistant societyh
of the lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake is gThere is no
upper limit in disaster scaleh and it is important to continue the
effort to reduce the damage to human life, industry and economic as
less as possible. In addition to taking disaster prevention measures,
it is necessary to create more strong society against natural disaster
by newly establishing legal framework and technical standard as
More details are reported in the free quarterly journal gIDI Quarterlyh
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