India, the world's third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, is already one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. This year alone, it's seen a glacier burst in the Himalayas, several cyclones, as well as heatwaves, floods and widespread droughts. More than 1,000 people have died and no part of the country is spared. According to a UN report, these natural disasters cost the country a whopping $87 billion last year. Our correspondents report.
18 Jul 2021
The coronavirus might top the risks at the Tokyo Olympics, but organisers in Japan have other deadly, unpredictable threats to contend with: natural disasters. Japan is regularly rattled by earthquakes and battered by typhoons, and experts warn that disaster preparation for a major event like the Games should not take a back seat because of the virus. Individuals, including tourists, can refresh their hazard awareness at disaster simulation centres, where visitors experience artificial jolts and evacuation through smoke-filled rooms.