Ensure efficacy of cyclone forecast technologies: Alphons

Kochi, Jan 16 : In the backdrop of the controversy surrounding forewarning about Cyclone Ockhi that devastated coastal Kerala, Union Minister of State for Tourism K.J. Alphons on Tuesday called for ensuring the efficacy of the existing technologies used for forecasting such disasters. He was speaking at the second international symposium on the “Societal Applications […]

Philippines raises volcano alert to critical

Manila, Jan 15 : The Philippines on Monday raised the alert level to critical over the possibility of a hazardous eruption of the Mayon volcano after it spewed clouds of ashes over the weekend, leading to evacuation of more than a thousand people. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) had issued the alert […]

Toll in California mudslides rises to 20

Los Angeles, Jan 15 : The death toll in the flooding and landslide that last week hit Montecito, California – northwest of Los Angeles – rose to 20 on Sunday, with four people remaining missing, authorities said. Santa Barbara County authorities reported the finding of another body on Saturday afternoon, saying that they will continue […]

2 killed as magnitude 7.3 quake hits off Peru

Lima, Jan 14 : At least two people were killed and 65 others injured when a magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit just off the southern coast of Peru on Sunday, sparking tsunami fears. The head of the National Civil Defence Institute, Jorge Chavez, told a radio station that the two deaths were reported in the districts […]

Thousands evacuated as volcano erupts in Philippines

Manila, Jan 14 : Thousands of people have been moved to safe shelters following the eruption of Mt. Mayon in the Philippines, police said on Sunday. The volcano, located to the southeast of Luzon Island and around 350 km from Manila, has erupted up to three times in the last 24 hours, Efe news agency […]

Mumbai pub blaze: 913 illegal structures razed in 14 days

Mumbai, Jan 12 : Continuing its single-biggest drive against illegal constructions after the December 29 Mumbai pub blaze that claimed 14 lives, the BMC has razed a whopping 913 unauthorised structures which could be hazardous in case of a fire, an official said here on Friday. “The demolished structures include hotels, restaurants, pubs, bakeries, big […]