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· September, 2011

Stories about Disaster from September, 2011

Pakistan: Update On Flood Relief

  29 September 2011

Teeth Maestro posts updates of some ongoing flood relief projects of SARelief in Pakistan. You can track the relief activities by following the hashtag #pkrelief on Twitter.

North Korea: Kim Jong-Il's Surprise Appearance On the Simpsons

  26 September 2011

Martyn Williams from the North Korea Tech blog wrote a short post on Kim Jong-il's appearance on “The Simpsons”. One character from the episode says that he was forced to write a musical about Kim in a North Korean prison and introduces a song addressing the regime's ban on internet.

Book Review: ‘Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives In North Korea’

  26 September 2011

Change in Longitude blog posted a thorough review of the book ‘Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives In North Korea’ by Barbara Demick. The book’s title comes from a song that North Korean school children recite, “We have nothing to envy in the world” in spite of chronic malnutrition and famine...

North Korea: Google Earth Reveals Death Camps in Detail

  23 September 2011

Kyle Wagner from Gizmodo site wrote a post on one of the most detailed images of the North Korean concentration camps taken by Google Earth. It is estimated that over 200,000 North Korean citizens are imprisoned in the camps under unimaginably harsh conditions.

Nepal: Fire In The Mountains

  23 September 2011

Dr. Divas wonders whether the frequent wildfires in the Terai jungles of Nepal are natural or man-made and questions the authorities whether they are taking any action to prevent them.

Pakistan: Repeated Agonies

  23 September 2011

Beena Sarwar has some general observations from the 2010 Pakistan floods, which are sadly relevant again as nothing significant has been done to prevent floods.

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Pakistan: Neglected Millions of Sindh Floods

  21 September 2011

After the devastating 2010 floods in Pakistan the government took no practical steps to tackle the possibility of future floods. The consequence of this gross negligence is that floods are yet again causing havoc. The eye of the storm this year is Sindh where flood waters have razed numerous villages and displaced millions.

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Nepal: Bloggers Share Their Own Stories of Earthquake

  20 September 2011

On Sunday evening of September 18, Nepal experienced a strong earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale that had its epicentre in the border region of Taplejung of Nepal and Sikkim of India. The Home Ministry in Nepal has reported 9 deaths and 24 serious injuries in the country at the time of writing.

Jamaica: Disaster Preparedness

  16 September 2011

In the midst of the hurricane season, Ruthibelle suggests that “damages could be minimised and it would cost this country less if we would stop living on luck, and starting living out emergency disaster preparedness, until it is ingrained in our culture…”

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Brazil: Floods Hit Santa Catarina State Again

  14 September 2011

Intense rains over the state of Santa Catarina in Brazil’s South Region have once again caused floods in several cities. Since September 8, floods, flash floods and landslides have hit 96 cities in the region and, according to mainstream news, nearly 1 million people have been affected.

Puerto Rico: Remembering 9/11

  12 September 2011

Anayra Santory [es], Carmen Rabell [es], and Huáscar Robles Carrasquillo write about 9/11 from different perspectives for various online publications.

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Russia: Connecting Neighbors, Saving Lives

  12 September 2011

The creators of a website that enabled Russians to help each other during wildfires in 2010 have now redesigned the site to enable citizens to assist each other in new ways - including mapping willing blood donors in locations across the country.

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Tanzania: Passenger Ferry Capsizes in Zanzibar

  11 September 2011

At least 198 people died and 590 people were rescued after a ferry, MV Spice, sailing from Zanzibar to Pemba capsized. Twitter users including those on the ground in Zanzibar have been sharing information about the disaster using the hashtag #ZanzibarBoatAccident. Meanwhile, two netizens have set up a Ushahidi-based platform to track information about the accident in real-time.

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