Nepal tremor prompts call for quake-resistant infrastructure
12 November 2023 | 2:40 pm
Nepal is built on one of the world's most earthquake-prone regions, but many structures are unable to withstand the frequent tremors.
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Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been facing growing criticism over his response to his country's earthquake disaster. It comes at a time when he's gearing up for a re-election campaign, but now doubts are being cast on whether the vote will take place in May as expected.
It's been a month since two devastating earthquakes hit Turkey and Syria, killing more than 50,000 people. Many hospitals and clinics in Turkey are full of injured patients, while other facilities are heavily damaged, making it difficult to provide much-needed routine medical treatment to other residents.
Syria says it must reroute flights taking aid to earthquake victims in the country after an overnight air raid by Israel on Aleppo's main airport.
One month after a powerful quake devastated parts of Turkey and Syria, hundreds of thousands of people still need adequate shelter and sanitation, and an appeal for $1 billion to assist survivors is only 10% funded, hampering efforts to tackle the humanitarian crisis, a United Nations official said Monday.
Following an EU-hosted donors conference, the bloc says it will fund humantiarian assistance, but not full-scale reconstruction in Syria.
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In the city of Antakya in southern Turkey, which was heavily damaged by the devastating February 6 twin earthquakes, the Turkish government has made an ambitious pledge: to rebuild – better – in a year. But residents there remain sceptical. Not only do homes need rebuilding, but those who live there must have jobs to return to as well. Our correspondents Shona Bhattacharyya, Ludovic de Foucaud and Hussein Assad report from the quake-damaged region.
China said claims it was behind hacking attacks targeting US infrastructure networks were part of a "disinformation campaign."
During a high-level meeting, the South Asian neighbors increased cooperation on connectivity and energy infrastructure, opening the door to new markets for Nepal's energy producers and improving bilateral ties.
Seismologists and disaster management experts have warned Kashmir is at risk of a looming human tragedy if it doesn't urgently earthquake proof its infrastructure.
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