Disasters

The huge fire was caused by an exploding gas stove as the train was on the way from Karachi to Rawalpindi. People jumped from the train before it was forced to stop as it approached the town of Liaquatpur in Punjab.
When disasters strike, people need accurate, useful information, fast. The media can play a powerful role here. And although the world has seen a major shift away from traditional platforms towards social media, for millions of people a far older technology can still provide a lifeline in disasters.
Obviously nothing can alleviate nature's disasters - whether they are prompted by climate change or by the earth's natural movement like the shifting of tectonic plates - but we can better prepare people from peril. We can make them more resilient to crisis and more capable of bouncing back.
Countries such as Nepal have worked for years to put disaster preparation measures in place. It is essential the international community does the same.
The people of Nepal do not just want food and shelter, they need moral and spiritual support to overcome the size of this disaster. In times like this, we need to come together to help and support each other irrespective of faith, nationality or ethnicity.
Immediately after a disaster, life-saving aid floods into a country. Yet, while humanitarian workers are adept at dealing with the physical needs, they can miss the invisible needs of disaster survivors - such as mental health and psychosocial support, especially for children.
In a world where close to a billion people go to hungry, is there a choice not to be humanitarian?
School meal programmes, no doubt, are a lifeline and shock absorber for millions in such situations. This is why the case of children dying in India's eastern state of Bihar as a result of contaminated meals, is such a tragedy.
The recent floods in Manila reminded me that we are at the whim of natural disasters and our changing climate
I can't be the only one who thinks that there are ways to mark such as tragedy as the Titanic and a menu consisting of the dishes eaten by people who were about to die, or lose loved ones, is not the way to do it.
A smartphone natural disaster "app" is in the pipeline under Government plans to exploit new technology to help victims of