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· June, 2011

Stories about Disaster from June, 2011

Philippines: Worst Flash Flood Hit “Typhoon-Free” City

Many Filipinos were taken by surprise by the heavy floods that hit the southern Philippine city of Davao recently. The Philippines is notorious for flash flood disasters, but Davao city...

Japan: Uncanny Terrain, a documentary on Fukushima farmers

Filmmakers Junko Kajino and Ed M. Koziarski have been working on a documentary about the organic farmers of the Fukushima Prefecture. The film titled Uncanny Terrain will examine “the impact...

Japan: Real Voices, Real Japan

An Enligh-language website called Real Voices, Real Japan documents “the business environment and recovery in post-quake Japan.” Its purpose is to “keep foreign business communities up to date on the...

Cuba: Train Accident Injures 79

Babalu links to a story about a train crash that has injured nearly 80 people in Cuba, commenting: “The decaying infrastructure and transportation system in Cuba…continues to take a deadly...

South Korea: Downpour-Triggered Landslide Kills One Person

Torrential downpour has triggered a mass landslide in Seoul, killing one person and suspending subway. South Korea's citizen/blogger news Wiki Tree reported [ko] the incident with consolidated tweets.

Haiti: Helping to Stop Human Trafficking

Stanley Lucas blogs about how the effects of 2010's earthquake have affected Haiti's “significant child trafficking problem” and offers a few suggestions to “guide government officials and organizations working on...

North Korea's Fragility in the Face of the Rainy Season

Open Radio for North Korea, a Seoul-based radio station founded and runs by North Korean defectors, reported that North Korean citizens have been mobilized to bolster constructions as rainy season...

South Korea: Typhoon Opening Doors to Nature's Revenge

A typhoon hit South Korea on June 25 and 26, bringing heavy downpours and gusts and signalling the start of the rainy season. At least nine people were killed and...

Haiti: BBBC Benefits in Question

An interesting post on Bill Clinton's housing initiative, Building Back Better Communities (BBBC), which “seeks to construct housing projects across the nation of Haiti”, but upon closer examination, “seems as...

Japan: Ryo Chijiiwa on Volunteering

Ryo Chijiiwa gave a 1 hour presentation at Google Tech Talk (video link) about his two month experience volunteering in the disaster zone with All Hands Volunteers.

Russia: Fire at Toxic Waste Disposal Site Near St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg-based LJ user timoha-spb and Twitter users @Zak_r2 and @theproof are among those who are posting photos [ru] of smoke from the fire at the Krasnyi Bor toxic waste...

Haiti: The Other Side of the Martelly Story

Wadner Pierre refers to a mainstream media article about Haiti's new president, saying that the story fails to mention “the illegitimacy of the way in which he was elected, and...

Cannibalism In North Korea, Smuggled Documents Reveal

GI Korea from the ROK Drop blog commented on local news report claiming that they have obtained smuggled documents confirming cannibalism in North Korea. Acts of cannibalism have long been...

Argentina: Puyehue Volcano Ash Unstoppable in Argentine Territory

Ash from the Chilean volcano Puyehue is affecting a large part of the Argentine territory, causing officials to declare a state of emergency in the Patagonia area. The eruption will...

North Korea: Women Forced into Prostitution

A Seoul-based aid organization, Good Friends, released an English version of its weekly report. According to North Korean defectors’ testimonies, not a few North Korean women are forced into prostitution...

Nigeria: On an Explosive Projectile?

It was like a Nollywood premier, but this time there were neither props nor digital effects. Nigeria has joined nations under terrorist threats following the bomb explosion that pierced the...

South Korean Troops Shoot at Passenger Jet, No One Injured

South Korean troops shot at passenger jet on June 17 after mistaking it for a North Korean military aircraft near the border with North Korea. No one was hurt from...

Two earthquakes hit Sumatra

Two earthquakes hit Sumatra Island in Malaysia Tuesday morning. Tremors were also felt in Indonesia. Use the hashtags #earthquake, #tremors, and #sumatra to monitor news reports.

South Korea: Petition Filed to Punish Brutality against Animals

Public anger rose as an animal TV show aired a story of a dog brutally beaten with a stick by a stranger for no reason. Net users have filed an...

Singapore: Flooding and the Marina Barrage

Jeremy Chen asks if the recent flooding in Singapore was caused by the Marina Barrage.

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