Stories about Disaster from September, 2010
Haiti, Dominican Republic: The Presence of DR Troops
Wadner Pierre says that “the decision of the Dominican government to send troops in Haiti proved the participation of the Dominican government in destabilizing Haiti peace”.
Colombia: Rainy Season Especially Strong This Year
Albeiro Rodas writes that this year's rainy season”has been especially strong, according to the authorities.” He also writes about a landslide that took place yesterday and “covered the Medellín – Urabá Road in Manglar county, municipality of Giraldo. Thirty persons were reported missing when tons of mud and stones fall...
Japan: Earthquake warning via mobile phone
Akky Akimoto from Asiajin introduced an earthquake early warning system via mobile phone network in Japan.
Haiti: Slow Going
“Nine months after the devastating earthquake, many are criticizing the slow pace of relief for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Haiti”: The Haitian Blogger reports.
Russia: Search for Liza Fomkina and Her Aunt
On her blog and in a Moscow News column, Natalia Antonova writes about the search for Liza Fomkina and her aunt, who went missing in a town near Moscow on Sept. 13, and whose bodies were found last week: “According to RIA Novosti, the main search and rescue efforts were...
Nepal: Mysterious Fires In The Himalayan Mountains
Nepalese blogger ABC questions whether the recent wildfires in the Himalayan Mountains originated because of human negligence or natural causes.
Haiti: Disease Trends
The Haitian Blogger says of the launch of a National Surveillance system for illnesses following the January 12 earthquake: “Given that the U.S. participants were affiliated with the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief…it is significant that AIDs did not make the survey and was not one of the...
Russia, Poland: “The Fog Surrounding the Crash Remains”
Streetwise Professor writes about the ongoing inquiry into the April 10 plane crash that killed the Polish president and 95 others, reporting this, among other things: “Most peculiarly, the air traffic controller who was in charge when the plane crashed ‘retired’ three days after the crash, and Russian authorities claim...
Haiti: A Reminder
How Can They Hear? posts recent photos of Haiti, saying: ” To many people, Haiti is forgotten already. But I hope these few pics show you that she may be forgotten, but she is not gone. Life goes on like this every day for these people who have suffered so...
Pakistan: We Don't Need Education
Salman Latif criticizes the proposal of the Pakistan government for a huge cut in the budget allocation for the education sector to overcome the losses incurred during the recent floods.
Slovenia: Flood Photos
Photos of the flooding in Ljubljana – at Sleeping With Pengovsky.
Slovenia: Severe Floods and… Surfing?!
While severe floods plague Slovenia [SLO], Balkan portals from Croatia to Macedonia keep republishing a video clip named “wakeboarding in Ljubljana at 1am,” showing a car towing a surfer through the streets and passing by a dry cleaning sign.
Haiti: Rock On
Blogging for Inside Disaster, Emmanuel Midi profiles a young entrepreneur who continues to produce his “rock art”, even in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Haiti: Women's Reality
“While the government and the international community work on a reconstruction plan, many feel that the immediate problems facing Haitian women have slipped under the radar – even though they must play a key role in putting Haiti back on its feet”: Blogger and journalist Wadner Pierre reports.
South Korea:Seoul Hit Hard by Downpours, Twitter reported
Heavy downpours battered Seoul today, flooding roads and buildings and causing power outages. Twitterers reported the worst downpour Seoul had in 103 years live by twitting pictures of chaotic scenes and re-tweeting this Youtube video.
Pakistan: Do You Care About The Plights Of The Flood Victims?
While some countries of the world came forward to donate for the victims of the recent Pakistan Floods, most international responses were slow. Cindy Yang looks for the answers in the blogosphere.
Pakistan: Facebook And The Flood
Sonya Rehman describes the use of Facebook and other social media tools in fund-raising and for coordination of relief for the victims of Pakistan floods.
East Timor: Providing Spaces for the Memory
Crowd map Hanoin: Remembering Timor was recently launched aiming to collaboratively collect memories of colonialism, occupation and independence of East Timor. A blog post explains the need to “share, corroborate and expand on the limitations of the colonizer’s narrative” and suggests that Hanoin can be used as a cry for...
North Korea: South May Send Microwavable Rice to North.
According to Chosun report[kr],South Korea may send rice aid to North Korea in the form of microwavable rice. The hermetically sealed, microwavable rice [photos], which also works under boiling water, can be a new way of preventing the aid rice from being traded and used for a military purpose.
Haiti: Protest Today
Wadner Pierre reports that residents of several Haitian tent cities were scheduled to demonstrate this morning, calling for decent housing and the right to education.