Disaster preparedness

Interior minister blocks prosecution of state officials in 2011 Van earthquake case

Turkey’s Interior Ministry has denied permission for an investigation into a former governor as well as disaster management agency (AFAD) officials, over the collapse of a hotel during an earthquake in the eastern province of Van in 2011.

Nearly half of Syrian women refugees in Turkey don't want to work

Almost half of the Syrian female refugees in Turkey do not want to work even if they were provided with a job, according to results from a recent survey conducted by the Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD).

The survey, which was conducted among 1,500 Syrian female refugees living in 20 refugee camps in Turkey and 1,200 living in 10 Turkish cities.

Bulgaria OKs Disaster Risk Management Peer Reviews by EU Countries

Bulgaria's caretaker government has decided to allow experts from the European Commission to examine its capacity to manage disaster risks.

The peer reviews may be conducted on the basis of a decision of the EU concerning the Union's Civil Protection Mechanism, which envisages the creation of a common framework for disaster risk prevention.

"Regional force" to deal with natural disasters proposed

"Regional force" to deal with natural disasters proposed

SARAJEVO -- A joint regional force for natural and other disasters is one of the topics discussed at the 8th Conference of the Chiefs of Staff Forum of Balkan countries.

This is according to Serbian Army Chief-of-Staff Gen. Ljubiša Diković, who spoke on Wednesday.

Dikovic urges forming regional force for natural disasters

SARAJEVO - General Ljubisa Dikovic, the Serbian Armed Forces chief of general staff, said that forming a joint regional force for responding to natural and other disasters is one of the topics discussed at Wednesday's 8th conference of the forum of Balkan military chiefs of general staff in Sarajevo.