Stories about Disaster from March, 2009
Mongolia: Life on the fringes
Bilguun writes about the serious problem of waste and rubbish near Ulaan-Batar, the capital city of Mongolia. Some photos from the rubbish dump are attached.
Pakistan: Stand Against Terrorism & Extremism
Hasan Mubarak at Lahore Metblog mentioned that Lahore keeps its resolve after the attacks on a police training school in the city: “We should not and will not tolerate ideologies of extremism, terrorism, inhumanity, and hatred. We are humans, and yes, proud Pakistanis; Muslims or otherwise – but sorry, we...
Pakistan: Lahore Police Academy Attack
Today morning Pakistanis were shocked by the news of the attack on Manawan police training school in Lahore. Some 10-12 masked gunmen dressed as Policemen attacked from four sides when almost 700 trainees were performing their morning exercise in the camp. BBC reports that they succeeded in a siege of...
Bangladesh: Golf Ball Size Hail
Back To Bangladesh reports that golf ball size hails fell from Dhaka sky and injured people. Meandering Memos posts pictures and video of the falling hail.
Indonesia: “Mini-Tsunami” hits village as dam collapses
Last Friday the Situ Gintung dike collapsed in Indonesia which killed almost a hundred people and injured 190 others. At least 300 houses were destroyed and 1,600 residents were displaced. The extent of the tragedy reminded many Indonesians about the deadly tsunami which hit the region five years ago.
A Nevada Yankee in King Zog's Court writes about Albania's high mountain villages isolated by snow.
Ukraine: Chernobyl Photos
Photos from a 2008 trip to Chernobyl – at GRcade.
Pakistan: Suicide Bombing at Mosque While People Praying
CHUP! – Changing Up Pakistan is reporting that ” 48 people were killed (today) when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque near the town of Jamrud in the Khyber agency in northwest Pakistan.” The Blogger comments: “For a suicide bombing to occur at all is horrific, but...
Tunisia: Outcry over Italian Court's Verdict on Tunisian Pilots
Two Tunisian pilots of Tuninter Flight 1153, which crash landed in the sea off Sicily in 2005 killing 16 people, were sentenced to 10 years in prison by an Italian court. The decision is being contested by Tunisian bloggers, who say the pilots' heroic efforts in saving the 23 other passengers on board should have been celebrated.
Indonesia: Deadly dam burst
A dam burst outside of Jakarta Friday dawn which killed more than 50 people. Twitter user Indrika Kurnia writes: praying for my friend's father who was carried away by the flood from the dam breaking.. may God be with you.
Palestine: Testimonies Regarding Israeli War Crimes in Gaza
Bloggers in Gaza have not been surprised by the testimonies of Israeli soldiers documenting war crimes they committed or witnessed during the recent attacks on Gaza - or by any of the other stories now being reported regarding the Israeli military's conduct.
China: Names to be remembered
The death toll and identity details of school children victims in the May 12 Wenchuan earthquake last year has been sealed in a black box by Chinese government officials, like a state secret. Last December, Ai Wei-wei, a most respectable intellectual and blogger, decided to compile the names of school...
Palestine: The Importance of Plastic
In Gaza, Eva Bartlett describes how plastic sheeting is playing an important role: “The siege is still on and cement is still unavailable. Major reconstructions and repairs won’t happen for a long time, just as the thousands of houses needing to be re-built won’t be so until Egypt and Israel...
Bangladesh: 1971 Genocide video
Mash at Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying posts a rare video footage of the massacre by Pakistan army in a village near Dhaka, Bangladesh in late November of 1971. More such videos can be found at the Bangladesh Genocide Archive.
Tajikistan: A Slow Collapse or Not.
Joshua Foust writes about Tajikistan’s social and economic problems, which have worsened dramatically against the bachground of the global economic crisis.
Bangladesh: Lacking In Disaster Management
An Ordinary Citizen opines that the fire in Bashundhara City Shopping Complex exposes the inadequacy of disaster management system in Bangladesh.
Pakistan: Suicidal Attack in Rawalpindi
While Pakistanis were celebrating today's victory for Long March the country faced yet another suicide attack in Rawalpindi. “As many as 12 people, mostly poor people taking the local transport back to their homes, were killed in a huge blast,” reports Pak Tea House.
Bangladesh: Fire At Bashundhara City Shopping Mall
E-Bangladesh is posting roundups of eye-witness reports and photos from bloggers and updated twitter messages describing the fire at Bashundhara City, the largest shopping mall in South Asia situated in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Honduras: Memories of the Green Gold Capital
Janpedrano takes readers on a tour of the town of La Lima, located in the southern part of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The childhood memories of frequent trips to this “green gold capital” [es] include witnessing the damage caused by Hurricane Mitch in the area.
Egypt: Disaster Ferry Owner Finally Guilty!
The life of each one of the 1,000 plus Egyptians killed when the Salam 89 ferry sank in 2006 is worth about 11 hours in prison for ferry owner, former lawmaker and business tycoon Mamdouh Ismail, who has been sentenced in absentia to seven years in jail for “involuntary slaughter,” say Egyptian bloggers.
Sri Lanka: Blast at Akuressa
Musings from Toronto reports that Tuesday morning an LTTE suicide bomber has attacked a Muslim civilian gathering in the south region of Akuressa in Sri Lanka killing 10 people and wounding a minister.