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· September, 2009

Stories about Disaster from September, 2009

Indonesia: Strong earthquake hit West Sumatra

The coastal city of Padang, West Sumatra is once again devastated by an earthquake.

Ukraine: “The Ghosts of Chernobyl”/Destination Truth

Chernobyl and Eastern Europe writes about a Destination Truth episode about the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – “The Ghosts of Chernobyl” – which is scheduled to air on Wednesday, Sept. 30,...

Philippines: Flooding documented on citizen videos

Citizen videos were able to capture horrible scenes of loss and devastation caused by a tropical storm which struck Metro Manila and nearby provinces in the Philippines last Saturday.

Philippines: Helping flood victims through social media

A tropical storm hit many parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces in the Philippines last Saturday. Social networking sites were flooded with personal stories, photos and videos of the...

Philippines: Worst Flooding in 40 Years

Tropical Storm "Ondoy" hit the Philippines last Saturday triggering the worst flooding in 40 years which left 50 people dead and 280,000 residents displaced. Social media sites were maximized to...

Japan: Training for disaster prevention

The first week of September in Japan is the Disaster Prevention Week [ja]. During this week schools, organizations, offices and so on come together to organize disaster prevention training.

Tunisia: Severe Flooding Kills 15

Flash floods hit Tunisia this week, killing at least 15 people and damaging property in the town of Redeyef in southern Tunisia. Bloggers declare two day of mourning and speak...

West Africa : Victims of Floods Call for Help

Last weeks’ torrential rains triggered disastrous floodings (Fr), killing 159 people and affecting over 600,000 in a dozen Western Africa countries, unprepared to face seasonal rains growing heavier and heavier....

Floods in West Africa Displace Hundreds of Thousands

The ReliefWeb, quoting the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), reports that recent floods in West Africa have displaced or made homeless 600 000 persons, destroyed schools, roads,...

Ukraine: Fundraising to Help Street Children

Scenes from the Sidewalk announces a “virtual fundraiser” to help “transform the lives of [Ukrainian] street and at risk children and reintegrate them back into families and society.”

Morocco: Don't Blame the Rain

Recent flooding in Morocco has prompted bloggers to air their discontent with their country's lack of sanitation infrastructure. They went around taking pictures and shooting videos, sharing scenes seldom broadcast...

Pakistan: Back Home And Starting A New Life

After nearly two months of living in squalor in temporary camps the displaced people of the Swat region of Pakistan were allowed to go back home from July 13th. Although...

Palestine: The 9/11 Industry

While Katrina is a distant memory, the anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks on the US is being used to fuel a “9/11 industry,” writes Al Falasteeniya.

Video: Caring about Congo

Videos showing different ways in which people are trying to make a difference in the situation faced by those living in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Indonesia: A generous president?

Martin insists that the Indonesian president has claimed that he donated 58.8 percent of his total personal wealth for the victims of the 7.0 strong earthquake that rocked Java last...

Indonesia earthquake: Donations still needed

Donations are still needed in Indonesia as the number of homeless residents continues to rise after a 7.0 strong earthquake rocked Java last week.

Macedonia, Bulgaria: Days of Mourning After the Lake Ohrid Shipwreck

Filip Stojanovski reports on bloggers' reactions to the tragic boat accident on Lake Ohrid, which took place on Saturday, claiming the lives of 15 persons.

Taiwan: The future for the aboriginal people after Typhoon Morakot

Typhoon Morakot hit Taiwan Aug. 7-9, triggering the worst flooding in 50 years in southern Taiwan and leading to landslides that buried remote mountainous villages and tribal settlements. In order...

Russia: Blogger vs Journalist

Foreign Policy's Net.Effect writes about the coverage of the accident at Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric dam in the Russian mainstream and new media, and the use of blogging by the “authoritarian regimes.”

Pakistan: Death On Reality Show

The death of a Pakistani reality show participant has been subject to hot debate in the Pakistani Blogosphere. Bloggers question the creditability of these kinds of entertainment shows, which lack...

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