Stories about Disaster from April, 2012
A selection of Global Voices' most recent and interesting stories like the Syrian protests in Middle East and North Africa, China and India's female gendercide phenomenon in South Asia and East Asia and viral video campaigns with Children in Mexico and the massive dolphin die-off in Peru for Latin America.
In the third anniversary of the tragic event, citizens came together in the streets and online, creating web-pages, posts and Twitter hashtags to share memories, comments and broader hope for a still lagging reconstruction.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.5 hit Indonesia on April 11. The tremors were also felt in Thailand, Malaysia, and Myanmar. A tsunami alert was issued in several countries but it has been lifted already. Netizens use the hashtag #thaiquake, #prayforsumatera, and #prayformalaysia to monitor the quake impact.
On twitter, a video of a large wave crashing on a beach is making its rounds: some people share it as a video from the 11 April, 2012 Indonesian Quake, and others insist it is 2004 footage rehashed.
On Wednesday the dwellers of Karail slum in Dhaka were evicted by the authorities to free occupied land. The slum dwellers protested by forming a human chain and blocking important roads of the capital creating a chaos in traffic. These homeless people remained under the open sky during heavy downpour on the next day.
The rain in Peru has not stopped. Since February heavy rains have been causing floods across the country. Here are some citizen reports of flooding in the region of Loreto in the Peruvian Amazon, where the city of Iquitos is one of the most affected places.
Some photos [ru] of today's fire at a skyscraper under construction in Moscow: photos by RIA Novosti photographers at LJ user drugoi's blog; LJ user aleshru's ITAR-TASS photos; LJ user sergey_mikheyev's photos; two photos of firefighting helicopters refilling in the Moskva River – by LJ user nl. On Twitter, @ruradioscanner...