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· October, 2008

Stories about Disaster from October, 2008

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Pakistan: Baluchistan Quake

  31 October 2008

On Wednesday morning an earthquake shook the eastern section of Pakistan tipping the Richter Scale at a massive 6.5. The most devastated region was Ziarat, a remote location in Baluchistan. It resulted in more than 300 deaths, hundreds were injured and thousands were left homeless out in the open in...

India: Assam blasts

  30 October 2008

India's troubled north-eastern Assam state was rocked by a series of coordinated blasts today. Praful reports that 60 people were killed and more than 200 injured. “Although ULFA’s involvement in the serial blasts in Assam is suspected, the intelligence sources believe that Bangladesh-based HuJI could be behind the blasts,” opines...

Pakistan: Help the earthquake victims

  30 October 2008

Five Rupees posts some links to charities that are involved in delivering aid and humanitarian relief to the victims of the earthquake in the Balochistan province of Pakistan. Please help the victims of this disaster.

Pakistan: A 6.4 magnitude quake hits Balochistan

  29 October 2008

Let Us Build Pakistan reports that a 6.4 magnitude earthquake rattled the Balochistan province in southwestern Pakistan today. More than 100 people have been killed and scores of people are still trapped under the rubbles. The government was quick to declare compensation for the families of the quake victims.

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Guatemala: Heavy Rains and Flooding Affecting the Poorest Communities

  27 October 2008

The past month has been very difficult for many Guatemalans because of heavy rains caused by tropical storms. Floods and storms affect many communities, but the impact is higher in communities below the poverty line. These communities are often isolated from services or shelters, like the small villages in Peten, Quiché and Zacapa. Bloggers and organizations have provided more information on the environmental disaster.

Morocco: Tangier Experiences Massive Flooding

  26 October 2008

For the past few years, Morocco has been experiencing a significant drought. Unfortunately, recent rain storms have brought little relief, as Northern Morocco experiences massive flooding, claiming the lives of at least 13 people. The View From Fez recently reported on the floods: Thirteen people have been killed in northern...

Ukraine: Accident Training in Chernobyl; Virtual Pripyat

  26 October 2008

Chernobyl and Eastern Europe writes about a recent radiological accident training at Chernobyl Power Plant, and shares a link to the English-language section of Virtual Pripyat, “a new project associated with Pripyat.com […], a site that acts as an address book/directory of Pripyat and the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.”

Belize: Major Flooding

  20 October 2008

“Massive flooding in the western and central areas of Belize has cut off many villages and towns from the rest of the country, led to emergency evacuations, loss of crops and the closure of most schools…”: Belizean has the details.

Mozambique: Casualties over gas leak in Estarreja

  19 October 2008

Paulo Granjo [pt] blogs about a piece of news that local newspapers in Mozambique didn't pay much attention to: an accidental leak of aniline gas in a Mozambican chemical plant caused 14 casualties. Nobody has died. “The information has been provided by the Relief Operations District Command and it is...

Bahamas: Welfare of the Economy

  16 October 2008

In an effort to help Bahamians who are beginning to feel the effects of the global financial crisis, the government has introduced several programmes to help relieve the pinch – but Rick Lowe at Weblog Bahamas wonders whether it is teetering dangerously close to creating a welfare state.

Bahamas, Haiti: Eyes of a Child

  15 October 2008

Doing Theology from the Caribbean republishes an essay written by a Haitian-Bahamian tenth grader who, after watching The Diary of Anne Frank, notices parallels between the Jews and Haitians.

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