Stories about Disaster from October, 2008
Pakistan: Baluchistan Quake
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
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
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
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.
Rats invade Myanmar fields
Adding to the woes of Myanmar farmers are rats which are invading fields in West Myanmar
Guatemala: Heavy Rains and Flooding Affecting the Poorest Communities
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
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
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.”
Yemen: 40 People Killed in Torrential Rain Storm
More than 40 people have been killed and about 30 are missing in Yemen after torrential rain hit Hadhramout. Writing at Moments In Words From Hadhramout, Omar Barsawad brings us the story.
Belize: More Floods
Belizean reports that the country is still suffering from the effects of widespread flooding.
Myanmar: Crop failure in cyclone-hit areas
Rule of Lords warns of food shortage in Myanmar, especially in the cyclone-hit areas. Crop failures were reported in fields inundated with salt water.
Myanmar: Bomb blasts in North Yangon
Two bomb blasts rocked North Yangon, Myanmar over the weekend. The Sunday blast claimed the life of a man who made a home-made bomb.
Parts of Vietnam still flooded
Heavy rains during the past few days brought flooding in central Vietnam. Check out these pictures.
Algeria: Student Kills Teacher
“Staff and students at a university in northwest Algeria suspended classes on Sunday to protest the murder of a lecturer who was stabbed to death by one of his pupils,” reports Daily Maghreb.
Belize: Major Flooding
“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.
Patrick Frost reports on a large earthquake struck Kyrgyzstan’s Osh region today and the death toll is currently around 70 and may increase.
Syria: Deadly crash
Sasa, from thesyriannewswire, reports on a deadly crash in Damascus.
Mozambique: Casualties over gas leak in Estarreja
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...
Maldives: Impacts of global financial crisis
Dhicritic discusses the implications of the global financial crisis in Maldives.
Bahamas: Welfare of the Economy
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
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.