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· July, 2009

Stories about Disaster from July, 2009

Pakistan: Handling The Return Of Refugees

The Government of Pakistan has finally announced a schedule for the Swat refugees outlining their return to home. Pakistani bloggers feel that a lot more needs to be done to...

India: Advertising Prop Used In Real Life Situation

News Views And Analysis informs (with pictures) that an advertising prop, a raft was taken off the hoarding and used as a real life rescue tool when Mumbai submerged under...

Bhutan: The Need Of A Rescue Service

“The news of seven boys in Chukha was shocking, it was only shocking until I knew they were washed away after hours of hanging on to life and before the...

Bangladesh: A Concrete Island

When it rains it pours in Bangladesh. Sabih Uddin Omar woke up today and found himself in a concrete island: “It's water! Water everywhere! Water clogging the streets, water in...

Laos: Owls vs rats

Barn owls could be used in north Laos to reduce the number of rodents which are damaging the crops planted by farmers.

Russia: One Day in the Life of Doctor Liza

LJ user drugoi documents (text in Russian+photos, some of them graphic) one day in the life of Elizaveta Glinka (LJ user doctor_liza), who heads a volunteer effort to help Moscow's...

Jakarta blasts: Twitter vs mainstream media

On the day of the Jakarta bombings, Ong Hock Chuan notes that Indonesian twitterers were criticizing local TV stations for presenting premature conclusions about the blasts.

Indonesia: Bombing victims

The Indonesian police released the names of those who died in the JW Marriott Hotel Bombing in Jakarta.

Bombings kill nine in Indonesia

Recently re-elected Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that the blasts were initiated by those who wish to see a post presidential election chaos, while Vice President Jusuf Kalla blamed...

Indonesia: Bomb Explosions at Kuningan, Jakarta

Two explosions hit the Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott hotels in Mega Kuningan, Jakarta around 7:40 AM local time. Local social media users broke the story to the world, especially those...

Palestine: Second Humanitarian Convoy Enters Gaza

Gazan blogger DR – LION reports on the second Viva Palestina humanitarian convoy to enter Gaza, accompanied by the British MP George Galloway [Ar].

Puerto Rico: Playing the Princess?

“When things get tough, the Dream is what unites, what keeps an individual and a group moving forward”: Gil the Jenius is concerned that the Puerto Rican dream is to...

Yemen: Nonstop coverage for airplane crashes

Yemeni blogger Omar Barsawad comments on the recent Yemenia plane crash, off the Comoros Islands. “Whenever an airplane crashes, media coverage is instant and nonstop. Governments and elected officials, even...

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Making people out of numbers

Srebrenica Genocide Blog posts a list of 534 people with birth dates killed during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, recently identified by modern DNA-technique, restoring some dignity to the victims, and...

China: Call for tough response and resent of biased media

With the presence of thousands of armed police, Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province, has largely restored order and people are returning to their normal life. The violence that has...

IDPs Are Also Sri Lankan And Have Their Rights

Indi.ca contradicts the idea that the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka need to be kept in camps for their own good. The blogger opines that: “they are Sri...

China: Spoofing the collapsed Shanghai Building

Netizens from cat898 started spoofing the collapsed Shanghai building with PS photos.

Sri Lanka: Eye-witness Account From An IDP Camp

Groundviews publishes an eye-witness account from an IDP camp in Sri Lanka describing the conditions of the refugees in a post-war situation. Separation of family members, no freedom of movement,...

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