Stories about Disaster from September, 2007
The top thing on many Ugandan bloggers' minds in the past two weeks has been the massive flooding across sub-Saharan Africa. The floods hit particularly hard in northern and eastern Uganda, where 250 people have died and up to 150,000 have been displaced.
“If it takes the Environmental Management Authority a week to take notice of an oil spill, how can we trust them to monitor the daily emissions coming from a plant?” asks Rights Action Group T&T, as it calls for “an immediate introduction of proper emergency response mechanisms to be put...
The Peruvian government has relaxed norms for the construction of buildings arguing that the deregulation will speed up construction and reduce bureaucracy. However, Desde el Tercer Piso [ES] counters that it might make buildings less safe especially in regards to earthquakes.
“It’s really gotten to a point where there isn’t much more that can go wrong. I’ve honestly lost count on how many politicians have gotten assassinated in the past couple of years and its depressing and sickening,” writes Lebanese blogger Mark.
Petro of Petro's Jotter offers tips on how to survive on Kyiv's roads: “… drive a big car with air bags, stay out of the left lane when there is an opposing traffic lane and no guard rail, and don't drive fast.”
MoldovAnn visits the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone again, on the first Radiation Reconnaissance Mission, and writes about it, and also posts lots of photos.
Foreign Notes writes about Serhiy Kalinovskiy, “a member of Kyiv's ‘gilded youth'” and a reckless driver, who killed his girlfriend and a police officer, and then escaped from a private hospital: “Much has been made of stripping criminal immunity from VR deputies recently, but everyone knows that in reality, if...
Bangkok Pundit responds to the criticism that Thailand is singling out North Korean detainees for harsh treatment. North Koreans fleeing the desperate conditions in their country are increasingly using Thailand as a transit point to South Korea.
Petro of Petro's Jotter writes about car crashes that he sees regularly during his morning commutes in Kyiv.
Bangkok Pundit rounds up more information about Sunday's air crash in Phuket.
“We're well into the 2007 hurricane season, and all I got was a lousy brochure…”: KnowProSE.com blogs about disaster preparedness in the Caribbean.
Bloggers in Thailand and the region are posting about the air crash at Phuket airport this afternoon. Phuket is a popular tourist destination in Thailand and many locals and foreigners visit the city for its beaches. Flight OG269, operated by a budget airline, was flying in from Bangkok with both...
Unspun has posted latest photos from Bengkulu, Indonesia after quake.
Musings on Society posts photographs of the destruction left behind by Hurricane Felix in Nicaragua.
Ocho Cuartos [ES] posts a video to put the recent explosion in Coahuila into perspective, in which a truck with 25 tons of Ammonium Nitrate was detonated.
Russia Blog writes about a deadly car accident caused by the motorcade of the head of Russia’s Supreme Court: “And as always when we hear about another preventable death on Russia's highways, we ask the question: is all of this insane driving by Russian officials justified, or is it just...
Leafmonkey blogs about how the news of earthquake in neighbouring Indonesia spread in Singapore – a country with very good internet infrastructure.
An earthquake measuring 7.9 struck near Sumatra Island in Indonesia. Officials in Malaysia, Indonesia and India have issued tsunami warnings. South East Asians are already blogging about the tremors they felt.
Hadhramout in Yemen is being invaded by swarms of locust, writes Omar Bursawad. “For the last few weeks I have been hearing of how swarms of locusts have descended here and I have seen too – the great, unbelievable damage done to the crops and fields around,” he explains. Click...
R.E.S.C.A.T.A.R [ES] writes about uncontrollable forest fires in Paraguay and whether climate change is responsible for this disaster.
David Moran of El Catracho [ES] writes that after Hurricane Felix, that Hondurans “should not lower their arms during these times, I think that the season for countries in development to be at mercy of Hurricanes do not end here.”