After earthquakes, as hurricanes blow and drench, when wildfires chew through neighborhoods and volcanoes spew deadly lava, look for a gregarious chef toting huge and mighty paella pans.

SINDHUPALCHOWK, Sept 14: A total of 10 families at Chaukidanda of Tatopani, Bhotekoshi Rural Municipality-2 in Sindhupalchowk district have been displaced by the landslide that occurred a few days ago.

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, Aug 29: Hurricane Dorian moved out over open waters early Thursday after doing limited damage in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, though forecasters warned it was gaining strength and probably would grow into a dangerous storm while heading toward the northern Bahamas and Florida’s east coast.

DANG, Aug 21: Dang district does not so far have any menace from the landslide. But, it is facing higher risks of flooding.

KATHMANDU, Aug 14: National Assembly (NA) member Suman Raj Pyakurel in today's special hour urged the government to launch short-term and long-term programs in the disaster-hit areas in the Province no 2.

KAILALI, Aug 8: The District Natural Disaster Rescue Committee of Kailali has mobilized volunteers to alert locals about the rising water levels of different rivers and rivulets in the district.

NEPALGUNJ, Aug 8: With every drop of rainfall, Tara Devi Nepali of Fattepur, Dhallaiya holds her breath as if any disaster might occur in the area anytime.

KATHMANDU, July 28: The National Assembly has directed the government to carry out short term and long-term activities at flood and inundation hit areas.

Whither disaster preparedness?

July 28, 2019 01:00 am

Enforcing disaster preparedness is still a far cry in Nepal. Our efforts have been mostly focused on response. And response mechanism is activated only in time of emergency

Disaster-induced toll reaches 195

July 22, 2019 21:30 pm

KATHMANDU, July 22: Death toll from disaster in the country has so far reached 195. In the 1,525 incidents of floods, landslides, fire, storm among others, 195 lives have been lost, according to the Home Ministry Disaster Preparedness and Response Unit.

Volunteering during disaster

July 20, 2019 00:30 am

During the disaster, Nepal can rely on a professional corps of volunteers, the first response teams composed by citizens from all the walks of life

KATHMANDU, July 14: A meeting of the Central Disaster Management Committee has decided not to seek foreign help for now for rescue, relief and rehabilitation work in the face of ongoing flooding. It says the government is capable enough to handle the crisis on its own.

KATHMANDU, May 26: Disaster preparedness and response initiative organized jointly by the Nepal Army and the United States Army Pacific here has concluded on Sunday.

KATHMANDU, May 5: The National Council on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management has directed all concerned government bodies to arrange necessary preparedness to reduce the disaster risks.

Kathmandu, April 23: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) is to form a committee headed by KMC mayor within a week for implementing its 'disaster management act'. KMC's fourth town assembly passed the Disaster Management Act on April 7.

KATHMANDU, April 10: A New Delhi bound Jet Airways plane averted a disaster at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

RUPANDEHI, April 9:  Recently, the Meteorological Forecasting Division predicted that the southern plains of the country might witness a windstorm once more over the next few days. This is giving sleepless nights to the victims of the country's first recorded tornado.  Even though the Province 5 government has expedited preparations to avoid further damages due to disasters, the local governments are yet to take any safety measure.

JAKARTA, March 17: Flash floods in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua have killed at least 42 people and badly injured 21 others, a local disaster agency official told Reuters on Sunday.

From California’s worst wildfires in history to Hurricanes Florence and Michael, the world’s top ten climate-linked disasters this year caused a whopping $85 billion worth of damage, according to a new study.

KATHMANDU, Dec 3: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the government has been working on preparedness regarding the disaster risk management along with national policy, learning from the devastating 2015 earthquake.

PALU, Oct 4: Life is on hold for thousands living in tents and shelters in the Indonesian city hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, unsure when they’ll be able to rebuild and spending hours each day often futilely trying to secure necessities such as fuel for generators.

KATHMANDU, Sept 26: Minister for Finance Yuba Raj Khatiwada has said that the weather, particularly climate change, has become a big challenge for insurance companies.

KATHMANDU, Sept 25: The Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange (DREE) aims at strengthening coordination among multinational armies in the humanitarian assistance, rescue and assistance mobilization in the aftermath a major earthquake kicked off here today.

BAGLUNG, Sept 16: Chuda Bahadur Kumal of Dhorpatan Municipality-2 had a sleepless night on Friday. A massive landslide, which struck Turture of Badigad-7, Bhimgithe, forced locals to rush for their lives in the middle of the night. A huge mass of earth which fell from some 500 meters above blocked the Badigad River turning it into a pond.

BIRATNAGAR, July 30 : Chief Minister of Province 1 Sherdhan Rai today said the provincial government was all prepared for disaster management during the monsoon.

ISTANBUL, July 14: The death toll from torrential rains and floods in western Japan has topped 200, the Japan Times reported on Friday.

KATHMANDU, June 19: Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa has said that weakness on the side of the government is the main reason behind the high death toll of natural disasters in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, May 18: The Government of Japan has extended grant assistance of 700,000,000 million Japanese Yen (NRs. 683,200,000) to the Government of Nepal for the implementation of the Economic and Social Development Program.

PARBAT, April 12: Disaster Management Fund is going to be established in all local levels of Parbat district.

Air disaster (With photo and video)

March 12, 2018 20:42 pm

KATHMANDU, Mar 12: 49 passengers are confirmed dead and several others injured as a Bombardier Dash Q-400 aircraft operated by US-Bangla Airlines crashed while landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday afternoon.

CHITWAN, March 12: The disaster management committee in the district has begun discussion with local levels on disaster management preparedness.

BANEPA, Mar 12: As disasters occur unexpectedly, stakeholders have often underscored the need for effective preparedness for disasters.

BANEPA, March 10: As disasters occur unexpectedly, stakeholders have often underscored the need for effective preparedness for disasters. The devastating earthquake of 2015 had led bare the country's unpreparedness to cope with such looming threats. Not just earthquakes, the country is also prone to floods, inferno and landslides.

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RASUWA, Dec 22: Victims of the April, 2015 earthquake in Rasuwa district are exposed to a series of disaster risk.

KATHMANDU, Nov 22: Japan has extended financial assistance of US$ 419,859 (approximately Rs 43,824,882) to Shapla Neer, a Citizens' Committee in Japan for Overseas Support, under the Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects Scheme.

CP Chandrasekhar is a Professor at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning at Jawaharlal Nehru University and the author of The Market that Failed: Neo-Liberal Economic Reforms in India. He is a vocal critic of the neo-liberal economic order. But why is neoliberalism bad for India and Nepal? What are its major flaws? Mahabir Paudyal and Prashant Lamichhane caught up with veteran professor when he was in Kathmandu last week.

KATHMANDU, Nov 6: The government is to come up with a special package targeting survivors of natural disasters (landslides and floods) that hit different parts of the country recently.

KATHMANDU, Oct 31: The widespread monsoon floods and landslides that hit South Asia this year highlight, yet again, the need for the sub region to be at the forefront of building resilience to disasters.

Kathmandu, Sept 25: The meeting of today of Legislature-Parliament has unanimously endorsed the Bill on Disaster Reduction and Management-2074 BS.

KATHMANDU, September 11: A much-awaited bill relating to the disaster risk reduction and its management was registered at the Legislature-Parliament Secretariat today, the Secretariat said.

KATHMANDU, Aug 16: Most lawmakers speaking in the special hour of the Legislature-Parliament meeting on Wednesday drew the attention of the government towards the loss of lives and properties in the recent floods in different parts of the country and weaknesses in the disaster preparedness resulted in slow rescue and relief efforts.

KATHMANDU, August 13: Nepal is not new to flooding and other natural disasters that are brought about by annual monsoon. In fact, if we go down historical records there are instances of flooding almost every year in the tarai, and also mudslides and avalanches in the hills/mountains areas.

KATHMANDU, July 21: Minister for Home Affairs Janardan Sharma has stressed on stock-taking of the implementation of the decisions made in the past relating to disaster management.

CHAUTARA, July 13: Three years after the calamities, the victims of Jure landslides in Sindhupalchowk district have received the relief amount.

KATHMANDU, July 10: The Development Committee of Legislature-Parliament has directed the government to bring Disaster Resilience Development Policy soon.

KATHMANDU, July 10: At its 126th  meeting, Development Committee(DC) under Legislature –Parliament has made a decision to direct Nepal Government, Home Ministry, Irrigation Ministry and National Planning Commission to collect relevant information regarding the damage caused by  natural calamities such as landslide and flood that occurred recently in different parts of the country and the people who suffered from these  natural disasters.

KATHMANDU, July 7: The State Affairs Committee of the Legislature Parliament has directed the government to immediately forward the bill relating to disaster management.

LONDON, June 28: Prosecutors on Wednesday announced criminal charges against six people including ex-police chiefs over the 1989 Hillsborough soccer stadium crush in which 96 fans died, Britain's worst sporting disaster.

The massive disastrous events continually occur imposing a great threat to the present day human civilization, particularly on the aspects of development and socio-economic arena of people. The frequency and magnitude of the natural and human induced disasters are on the rise. When a disaster strikes, it hits hard and affects the low income countries where poverty, poor and inadequate infrastructure further make the situation worse.